Does Time magazine think Americans can’t handle scenes of another Egyptian revolution?

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Left, Time’s Dec. 5 U.S. cover; right, the Dec. 5 cover for Time’s Europe, Asia and South Pacific editions.

Do the editors of Time think Americans are too squeamish to handle a cover image of violent political unrest in Egypt? It would appear that way, given the respective covers that ran for the Dec. 5 issue U.S. and international editions of the newsweekly.

For the covers of its Europe, Asia and South Pacific editions, Time went with “Revolution Redux,” covering another uprising of Egyptians against military rule and featuring a defiant Egyptian rebel on a fiery street donning a gas mask.

For the U.S. cover, Time went with a smiling, androgynous black and white cartoon figure to illustrate a special health feature that asks, “Is anxiety good for you?”

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