Compare the media coverage of the elections in Iran and Afghanistan. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the disputed presidential election in Iran in June the Western media celebrated the mass protests in opposition to the result and there was in-depth critical analysis of the Iranian government and its policies (Feature, Socialist Review, July/August 2009).
In contrast, last month's elections in Afghanistan were lauded as being evidence of Afghanistan's burgeoning democracy, made possible of course by the US occupation, under the banner of Nato.
There is no exposé of corruption, of the true nature of the Hamid Karzai regime, the drugs trade or the devastating poverty under which millions of Aghans live.
The US and British governments want us to believe the lies that the Afghanistan war, and that the government they prop up, are bringing freedom and democracy to that country.