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March 31, 2004

Where Does The Truth Lie?

Derek Shackelford

When the Congressional 9-11 Commission submits a report on the testimonies it has received, it will be very difficult to ferret out the truth. Partisan politics has dominated the notion of this War on Terror.

The sad detail about this whole situation is that American soldiers have been placed in the middle. If you are against the war, then you are less patriotic. If you are for the war, then you are a true patriot.

The families who lost loved ones during the 9-11 tragedy still must grieve, knowing that the truth lies somewhere in common sense. It seems that our government really wants to skirt the issue about what really happened. Governments want praise when everything goes well, but standing up and saying we failed the American people would be too much to ask.

Most of the news reported in this nation is from a Western world perspective, which means it is juxtaposed with the USA against the rest of the world. In other words, just because it is American means that it is correct and not false reporting.

The average citizen, in fact, believes exactly what it hears from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN. Now this is not to say that these organizations do no credible reporting. But, at the same time, a history lesson definitely needs to take place.

Add in some common sense and there you will find the truth.

President George W. Bush told the American people that an invasion of Iraq was necessary due to weapons of mass destruction, not that Saddam Hussein was a bad man.

All of a sudden Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator. He has always been a brutal dictator; he just didn't serve the United States purpose anymore, or did he?

The other notion is that Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda were in partnership. What the media will not report is that one group is a Secular Fundamentalist and the other is Muslim Fundamentalist, which means, in other words, that the two would never be able to coexist.

They believe in different things. Going to war on the premise that a brutal dictator is on the loose confuses people because the world is full of brutal dictators. Don't get twisted into believing Saddam Hussein was the only dictator in the world. In fact, if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, wouldn't they have used them for their own survival?

I am from a family of military men and women. I believe in supporting the troops wholeheartedly, but I disagree with the current policy. It is a shame wars are not fought on military prowess, but on political issues.

The truth of the matter is that the United States is an imperialistic country. Let's be honest and call it like we see it.

The USA currently occupies Afghanistan and Iraq, a larger country dominating smaller countries. Check the record, Haiti, with its democratic elected leader, was told to find someone else. How is this the spread of democracy when the leader elected by the people is removed from office?

The fact of the matter is that there is enough blame to go around for everyone. It is time for the American people to stand up and demand the truth.

My grandmother once told me all it takes is some common sense, but I got news for you, grandma, sense ain't never been common.

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