Dennis Perrin went through his clippings file and unearthed that Village Voice column where Alexander Cockburn talks about Afghanistan, which up to now was not available in full anywhere online. As it was quite faded he went to the trouble of typing it all out.
Several younger friends of mine have been searching for Alexander Cockburn’s infamous Afghanistan column from 1980. Bits of it appear online, but no one I know has unearthed the entire thing.
Lucky for them I have a thick file of early Cockburn clips. Some are faded and frayed. A few have been nibbled by mice. A handful are in excellent shape. But the Afghanistan piece is too worn to adequately scan, so I went old school and typed it up. By hand. Word for word.
I’ve also included Cockburn’s follow-up a week later. In full. If this doesn’t show you my love, then you need extensive therapy.
It’s also worth reading Dennis’ blog post obit to Alexander.
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