Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Without racism, soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people, than they do with the billionaries who sent us to war."

Two videos in a row, though this one consists of so much unfiltered truth and poetic appeals to brotherhood that it cut through the malaise of my currently flu-addled brain:


  1. I watch these sorts of videos a bit. In general I disagree with setting them to music. Even without the music, though, my moratorium on facebook-linking (etc) people to them would probably still stand. Because of late I make a conscious decision to choose interpersonal smoothness over the 'rabid' dissemination of truth. And I feel guilty about this.

  2. They've done studies - unobtrusive music helps keep your brain active so it isn't just emotional manipulation. Regardless it's Boards of Canada so I won't complain.

  3. It's very important to hear a soldier's perspective.

    We're receiving very disparate versions of the war from soldiers, though. I don't think we can reconcile the two, exactly; nor do I think we can apply one soldier's comments to the experience of every soldier in the war. Neither do I know how the two groups of soldiers ("for" the war and against the war) compare, percentage wise.

    I'm not exactly "for" the war myself (I think several mistakes have been made and, as with other wars, many atrocities have been committed by both sides). I don't think, however, that we can take one soldier's mentality/viewpoint (or a group of soldier's viewpoint) and systematically apply that to every soldier and assume that each has had the same experience or has done the same things. Nor we can assume that photographs and footage taken by one person/group reflect what is going on everywhere.

    So we come again to that annoying conundrum: Who are we to trust? That was some pretty scary footage...

    So what exactly am I trying to say? Beats me. Just wanted to remark/complain that we can't trust the majority just because, hey, it's the majority; and it is equally incorrect to trust a minority voice as the truth, just because it speaks out in contrast or opposition to the majority.

    So I guess I'll just not trust anybody ever and die an embittered old shell. :)


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