FROM THE SEATTLE TIMES (August 6, 2013, page A4): “Taliban secretly talking to Kabul government.” That’s present tense “talking,” meaning it’s supposedly happening now! Is this, like, an example of some form of Associated Press, in-house irony? I mean, if it’s in every newspaper in the world that has an AP line, then it ain’t all that “secret,” is it?
I know! It’s not irony at all—because there is no media in Afghanistan, this IS a secret to the Afghanis, kept from them.
Or, perhaps, it’s really AP’s idea of more in-house cognitive dissonance …
The actual AP piece dated August 5, 2013, reads: “The Taliban have held secret talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to try to jumpstart a peace process that stumbled and stalled at the starting gate, according to Afghan officials and a senior Taliban representative.
The discussions with members of the Afghan High Peace Council have so far been unofficial and preliminary, seen as an attempt to agree on conditions for formal talks. But they do suggest an interest on both sides in proceeding, or at least toying, with a peace process that has been mired in controversy since the official opening of a Taliban political office in June in the Gulf nation of Qatar. ”