Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sitting on the fence, as usual.
Wow, as far as I'm concerned, Storee really said it perfectly in her last post. It pretty much summarizes how I feel about the Iraq war as well. Though I fault myself for not being more informed about the war (among other things), I feel like I can't grasp it even when I try. I, too, feel strange and vague about the war and often wonder why I can't grasp an opinion of it. It really does just feel like a quagmire of looming confusion and embarrassment. I waver between the pros and cons and ask again and again, "OK, what is the purpose of the war, again?" As with most political issues, I perch carefully on the fence and try to grasp what is really going on. Still, I can't form an opinion. Sometimes I am outraged and feel that the war is senseless. Other times, it makes sense to me. I don't think I'll ever form a real, solid opinion. But is it because I'm a fence-sitter or because the military is withholding information from me and my fellow public? Perhaps a little from column A, and a lot from column B. I could stand to be more informed, definitely. But now I've lost faith in the system, and I really don't know what to think. I'm very grateful to Marshall for opening my eyes about this. It is clear he is a strong advocate for the truth. Maybe I don't have to form an opinion of the war right now. It seems like I can't form the "right" answer to it anyway. Maybe what's most important is that I am an active truth-seeker like Marshall, who has done the nation a favor by standing up for the public's right to know and being a purveyor of truth.