A Blurring of Lines:
Growing up I had always been told that America meant greatness, and that countries aspired to be like us. As I have grown up and watched recently as our government has terrorized a nation that has had no Weapons of Mass Destruction, or can be credibly linked to 9/11. This isn't a war to restore our honor this is a war about resources, and when it is a war about resources the enemy death count whether innocent or not can never be too high.
Is our "great" nation so great that it is above answering for the killing of innocent people? This is no longer an America of greatness this is one of blood and oil, constantly to push profits higher.
There has become a blurring of lines, America isn't sure where that line is. It is time that American's use their own moral compass, and attempt to rectify what our broken government has done. We cannot bring back those that have lost their lives, but we can certainly save the ones who are still in harms way.
Footage showing a Viper class UAV engaging insurgents.
Where's the Media?
Where's the Media?
Unlike the Vietnam war which was the first war to be televised, the so called War on Terrorism is not nearly as publicized as the Vietnam war. This has much to do with how this would restrict the United States Government and Military from carrying out some of the operations that they do carry out. Without a media presence actively reporting on the movements of the military there can hardly be any watchdogs keeping an eye on the humanitarian issues. How is it that prior to the digital age United States citizens were seeing real war, and now we cannot even see the pictures of an assassinated Bin Laden? I say assassinated because he was denied a trial, something that all is a fundamental human right. There is an ever present censuring of the media by governments, because they know if they were to bring to light what they were doing the average person would be appalled. If we are to send money and troops and commit atrocious acts then we as the citizens of the United States should not be allowed to feel innocent as if we are not the cause of this. When in fact we are equally responsible, we elect those to office and keep those same people in office. What the media did during the Vietnam War was take away the American citizens innocence. If we are to wage war then we as a collective deserve to see what we are doing and stop this illusion of innocence.