March 14, 2008

Selective Attention


Today’s sham parliamentary election in Iran made me think about the extraordinary inconsistency in attention — both White House-wise, and media-wise — paid toward the Persian Gulf.

For example, Amadinejad was in Baghdad at the beginning of the month exchanging vows of solidarity with our so-called allies, but with all those photographers there, somehow, few if any of those pics ever made it over here.

Reformists fight off irrelevance in an election they cannot win (check out the photo, as well -  Guardian)

Iran’s orchestrated elections (From the French edition of the International Herald Tribune)

If Democrats Remain Silent on Iraq Now, They Will Pay a Stiff Price in November (Arianna Huffington)

(image 1: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP.  Baghdad. March 2, 2008.  image 2: Thaier al-Sudani /Reuters. Baghdad. March 2, 2008. via YahooNews)

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