posted on Oct, 15 2007 @ 08:57 PM
I realize I'm a brand new member at this site and my opinion doesn't really count that much but I would like to throw in my own personal experience
in regards to this topic. (I've gotta jump into the deep end at some point!) I grew up in a small town and it's a completely different life than
what the cities have to offer. Up until I was in my 3rd year of college I had no doubt that the news was just that, the news. Everything they reported
on was real... I had no reason to believe otherwise. I learn that yeah, what they reported was true... in a sense. My 3rd year of college I was
called up to do my part and they flew me over into the "sandbox." It was an eye opening experience. While serving I had the opportunity to meet
people who lived in what seemed like a completely different world than me. They had completely different ideals and outlooks on the world than I did.
Regardless of my views it was refreshing to finally understand first hand how similar a completely different culture was to my own. Similar in the
fact that we were both people with feelings and beliefs worth dying for in our own respective perspectives. I carried on with my assignments and saw
many things that I, at the time, had no idea were "news worthy."
Anyway, after I had been in the middle of it all for a while I visited a tent where they had satellite TV going and I was watching Fox News. They were
covering events that I had witnessed first hand and some events where I knew exactly what had happened. It wasn't that the stories they were telling
were lies... it's just that they were different. The camera angles on some shots glorified certain situations. What they were shooting really
happened, but they didn't appear to happen exactly as the news channel reported. Again they weren't lying about anything, they were just being
extremely politically correct about everything said. I don't disagree with that approach because it has to be done in order to protect the integrity
of the missions and the parties involved. But it was enlightening in a way because I've never watched the news again in the same light. The truth is
there and they weren't lies, you just have to watch with an open mind and sort of piece the details together.
I did learn however that I don't know everything so I'm not quick to judge those who make the calls... maybe they are made for a reason. Maybe a
reason that isn't intended for personal gain or interest but for the interest of a greater good. We can't know every detail of what is going on
because there is so much intel that it's humanly impossible to comprehend all of it even if it was available for everyone to know. I do believe that
good will always win at some point. Maybe that belief is my weakness, but it is the one thing that can't be taken from me... my ability to choose to
believe in the good. I'm glad that there is so much interest in the welfare of everyone and that we don't just take what is given us as the
definite truth in all occasions. This, to me, is a sign that we care about each other and we do give a hoot about our future as a society. So keep up
the good work and always question, but do so without a selfish intent.
Ok those are my two cents. Yall have an outstanding rest of the day!