Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Black-and-white radio

John Humphrys on the Today programme this morning:

British troops are at war on two fronts: Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq gets more coverage, for obvious reasons.

What obvious reasons? The relative significance of events in each country? Or the relative ease with which each can told as a simple morality tale with clear implications?

You know the standard line on Iraq: it was wrong from the start; it has gone from bad to worse; we should get out ASAP. Afghanistan, on the other hand: it was justifiably defensive; it is now proving very difficult to handle; we should, um…

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