Friday, August 26, 2005

Where Courage is Violence

In the last installment of the series, Mr. Penn has an interesting perspective to consider:
As the Iranian government strives to keep the people in the dark, consider the outside world and our perception of this ancient, now strongly conservative culture. What we know of Iran comes largely from news sources. But if news sources can't track the current whereabouts of an actor-journalist, can we depend on the accuracy of the information we are receiving about Iran? These questions relate to accuracy of information. So what of the spin? Look at it, more than 1,800 young Americans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 10,000 maimed and wounded. Numerous contractors dead. Human aid workers dead. U.N. staffers blown out of their lives by a truck bomb, and of course, the untold numbers of civilian casualties unspecified in a war justified, not by persuasion but by fear. Our nation seems under a spell where courage is violence, and the archives will show in television coverage and newspaper print, both through spun journalism and even more dominantly, editorial restriction, a consistency of media support for the casting of that spell. And with Iran now in the crosshairs of the nuclear debate, we might note that the most costly and competitive arms race in the world is taking place right here at home, between Los Alamos and Livermore laboratories. Those facts, above all, seem to me to dictate the importance of accurate and truthful reporting, on all sides of the world debate.

1 comment:

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Your political discourse should challenge your compatriots, but as I can see, most of them don't like intellectual discussions. They prefer making noise to making sense. I have decided to retreat from engaging in political debates on American political problems, because I am a like stranger in New York in an American dominated blogosphere.

I read the very comprehensive narrative report on Iran by Sean Penn and I was impressed by his down to earth views on the realities of American interests and the contrasts with the interests of Iran. And how American interests have been rather contradictory in the developments of crises from Iraq to Iran to the Middle East. Once upon a time, America armed Iraq against Iran after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in the 1980s or thereabouts. And now America is at war with Iraq.

America is actually at war with Iraq. Because, the majority of the people in Iraq said their lives were better before the war. The war in Iraq has done more harm than good to America. It is a grave mistake.

America should just withdraw and concentrate on the manhunt for Osama bin Laden and other key leaders of the Al Qaeda.