The Best Defense

Thanks to the British military

It was good of the British to find and free their kidnapped countryman, Stephen Farrell of the New York Times, near Kunduz, Afghanistan. A lot of us had known about his disappearance and had worried about it, but had refrained from mentioning it in print.

My condolences to the Times for the loss of Sultan Munadi, its Afghan interpreter (mourned above), and to the British military for the lost of a commando. And to the villagers who lost an unknown number of civilians.

Now a question for the Times and other media outlets: It is fair to ask people not to report the kidnapping of reporters when the kidnapping of other defenseless people, like NGO workers, is routinely reported?

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The Best Defense

The race from Uncle Sam

Here's a new sweepstakes: Who do you think is running away from the United States government faster, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki or Afghan President Karzai? Right now, Karzai is four lengths in front. But I think Maliki might catch up later this year or early next. He runs well on a muddy track. 

(HT to Mr. S. Attackerman)

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