Under attack in Kabul

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL September 13, 2011
The American Embassy in Kabul is under attack. So says the BBC World Service. But the top story on television in America is something anodyne and unrelated. What sort of blindness is this that keeps America unsighted and heedless about ‘foreign parts’ where it is heavily engaged? Let’s ponder this great truth as articulated by David J Rothkopf, author of ‘Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council’:”And now, as we are recovering our senses, withdrawing from Iraq, and soon starting to exit Afghanistan, having buried bin Laden and hosts of his henchmen, we are beginning to be able to see this. At least in theory we can. For the next couple of weeks, we will witness documentary after editorial mega-feature, interviews with victims and heroes, the American legend machine producing historical bumpf at full blast. That is not, by the way, to diminish the brutal blows struck 10 years ago or the deeply felt human experiences associated with it and its aftermath. Rather it is to say that once again we will seek to frame 9/11 as a great event, the definer of an era, when in fact, its greatest defining characteristic was that of a distraction — The Great Distraction — that drew America’s focus and that of many in the world from the greater issues of our time. That distraction and the opportunity costs associated with it were bin Laden’s triumph and our loss — and our ultimate victory will come as we get a grip back on reality.” 
See blog link: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/08/29/the_black_hole_of_911?page=full
Too true.