Monday, March 14, 2005


Strange headline

The Guardian has done a very strange job of headlining (and subheading) it's foreign press review of coverage of the killing of Aslan Maskhadov last week. The Guardian headline reads: "The prospects for peace in Chechnya: Aslan Maskhadov, the Chechen separatist leader, was killed by Russian special forces last week. Could his death bring peace to war-torn Chechnya?" All in all, the headline/subhead gives a certain impression of hope. Meanwhile, the snipets included in the piece (and press coverage in general) almost universally declared that this would either have little to no effect on the Russo-Chechen conflict with things continuing along their current dismal path, or (and this seemed even more widely reported) that the killing of Maskhadov was a significant blow to the already-grim prospects for a peaceful settlement.

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