July 19, 2009

How the U.S. Oversimplifies Global Conflict

Tony Karon, The National

Last summer it was so much easier for Americans: “Today we are all Georgians,” John McCain declared at the height of the Russian offensive provoked by Georgia's attack on South Ossetia. This year they're having to work out if they're Iranians or Uighurs. And it could get truly confusing if the conflict between Iraq's Kurds and the government in Baghdad erupts.This habit of presenting every foreign conflict through the prism of mythologised tales of great (and usually American or American-inspired) triumphs over “evil” has a way of distorting reality, sometimes with tragic effect.

When the Mousavi faction of Iran's regime challenged the Ahmadinejad faction and protesters took to the streets, the US media immediately imagined another “colour...

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