An anecdote

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"The first thing you notice upon entering Mitigia Airport in Tripoli is a series of signs with the word "No" in capital letters next to illustrations of automatic weapons," begins a NY Times Magazine article by Daoud Kuttab.
The story, and indeed it is literally an anecdote, continues from there in a first-person narrative in which guns do not actually figure greatly.
The story is deficient in context, as well as in analysis.
There is no exploration of the whys or hows of what happens, just a simple recounting. There are no insights as to the functioning of the airport, or the larger context of the Libyan revolution.
The elements of scenery could be used to greater effect were they applied to a news story, but as they exist, they just set up the last line in what would be better suited for a cocktail party.

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This page contains a single entry by holst058 published on November 20, 2011 10:50 PM.

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