The importance of writing right (…to left)

I happened to read an anecdote the other day which possibly is a tall tale since it’s a bit too good. It was told by a Danish soldier to a columnist in my daily paper, Lena Sundstrom, and was about the US propaganda war in Afghanistan carried out with leaflets. Since illiteracy is widespread the leaflet was in the form of a cartoon.

The first frame of the cartoon showed crying women and children in a land of chaos. In the second frame US soldiers arrived to the country. And finally in the last frame were pictured lots of happy people.

There was just one snag in it: Afghans read from right to left!

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