War in Iraq, 2003

More from Leonard Pitts, Monday, April 7, 2003

Take a look at this link.

If he's convinced that the United States is waging a war against Arabs or Islam, that may be the result of the propaganda and teachings we've heard of from the newspapers and television stations in his homeland of Egypt. "Drinking the kool-aid" we call it; "smoking your own rope" : Believing your own propaganda. Sure, we can be guilty of it, but, you should be cautious of it, too.

Here's a quote from the linked article:

If the Iraq war comes to be seen as an American war against Islam, 
he added, President Bush may be partly to blame. 
"He believes he was chosen by the Almighty to fulfill a Christian mission," 
Mr. Aboulmagd said. "Or at least he was made to believe that by the 
people around him."

Yep, could be true. Just don't make this one mistake: Never, ever assume that because an American President says something, that a majority of Americans agree with him.

That's one of the foundation principles of our country!

Examples of how people don't think.

From Leonard Pitts, someone who does ..... [Posted on Fri, Mar. 28, 2003]

"Indeed, a bartender in Ohio told The New York Times she has become dispirited at the way the war seems to grind endlessly on. ``I thought we would get in there -- boom, boom, boom -- and get out. But it's feeling as though things are a little out of our government's control right now.''

One businessman used the word ``quagmire.''

It seems necessary to point out at this juncture that the war has been under way for a little more than a week.

Of course, it feels a lot longer. That is, I suspect, an unavoidable side effect of the wall-to-wall coverage the fighting has received.

It's instructive to remember that American involvement in the Second World War dragged on for four bloody, miserable years and the only information most folks at home received about the fighting came in censored newsreels and newspaper reports. Perhaps they were luckier in some respects."

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