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Posted on 12/13/2004 8:28:45 AM PST by RepCath
On December 8, 2004, something big happened. But it happened in a small way, quietly. Quietly The New York Times announced it, burying it deep within its folds, on page A-13. Quietly the day came and went, ushering out one centuries-long era and in another, as yet untried.
On December 8, 2004, Afghanistan shed its wizened skin of totalitarianism, tribal rule, barbarism, and brutality. A beautiful butterfly was born out of a cocoon stamped flat by the steamroller of war, as Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first democratically-elected leader.
And where was the mainstream American media when this momentous event occurred? Out to lunch, apparently. This hugely important ceremony got little formal attention. This triumphant saga was all but ignored by the big boiler-plate presses and the major network newsrooms.
The New York Times may have shortchanged the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, but History will not. The media went to lunch on the Afghan success story, not because it eschews good news, but because of whose success it is. A resounding triumph of the first Bush administration, the democratization of Afghanistan bears witness to an American president determined to get things done, and in a part of the world that is sorely wanting in progress, Bush's sense of urgency is not only understood but deeply felt. In a time when western intellectuals would rather fuss over the fretful formalities of correct political protocol, Bush's uncanny ability to skirt said protocol does more than merely yield results -- it exposes the underlying hypocrisy of a left-wing establishment that is more content to complain about wrongs than to right them. And remember: George W. Bush is allowed no triumphs. Nada a one.
(Excerpt) Read more at michnews.com ...
Hard to believe that this momentous event came and went with nary a headline from the OMSM (Olde Main Stream Media). I tipped an adult beverage to it, that day.
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