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Manufacturing Consent and Selective Memory

July 30, 2010

Check out this cover from Time magazine. The headline says: “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.” This is the apogee of using the plea for protection of women to manufacture consent to war. It makes me sick.

Of course I have no sympathy with the Taliban. But couldn’t this headline also read, “What Happened because We Supported the Mujahidin”?

Or, “What Happened while We’re in Afghanistan”?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2010 10:19 pm

    They could have just as easily published (I almost typed “posted”…to much time on blogs!) a photograph of the civilian casualties of American bombings or Predator attacks with the headline, “What Happens If We Stay in Afghanistan?”

  2. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    July 31, 2010 9:38 am


  3. July 31, 2010 1:38 pm

    I just blogged about the picture (and a portion of the story) from an entirely different angle but am in complete agreement with your observations. Thanks for pointing this out — I linked my readers to your piece.


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