Needless to say, the media environment was one of rah-rah flag-kissing zaniness. So, it was with little surprise that I opened the Washington Post's World News section to find a steaming heap of blather that had to be some of the worst "safari journalism" I'd yet encountered, at least in the Post. With the predictable headline starting with "Lifting The Veil..." in what had to be the most cynical ever attempt to rope Liberals into supporting the brutality, the article attempted to indicate that one of the major "war aims" of the US was to restore "women's rights" in Afghanistan, citing as "success" the fact that the beauty parlors had re-emerged from underground, and that the local video-rental shops had re-opened. Never mind that the Taliban were still forcibly keeping girls from going to school, or forcibly keeping them shrouded in burquas, at least the women of Afghanistan could go out and have their nails done, or rent the entire first season of Sex And The City on high-def DVD.
This piece attempts a more accurate portrayal of the state of "liberation" of Afghan women.
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