There was a game show hosted by Johnny Carson in the early sixties called "Who Do You Trust?" (Should have been whom but I digress.) In our time as a rationale for war who you trust is not a game show.
I do not like war as it tends to kill lots of human beings many innocent
and so I was initially against an air strike within Syria. I am still
troubled by it not because the bestial behavior of ISIS, a brutally
warped monstrosity, does not warrant elimination but because I simply do
not know who is telling me the truth within the maze of anarchistic and
religious conflict in the explosive Middle East of which this nation
has been an integral and in 2002 an offending part. Is ISIS an
existential threat to the west? Truly, is it?
The lies spun for war in this nation have been many. I will not
enumerate them now but they surely include Bush's uber lie of WMD in
Iraq creating the current never-ending explosions in that neck of the
woods. Some say our historical memory is short and filled with
historical fluff told by the winners.
THIS time the rationales for Fear, Inc, are ISIS, ISIL and the Khorasan
Group (sounds like an insurance company.) The war may and perhaps will,
as the president said, go on indefinitely. The true dilemma is whom
can I trust?
has a brain and is surprisingly this time finding allied support from a
variety of Arab states who each have their own agenda. The words of war
protestors "no more war" are like dust in the wind. They disappear
into the cacophonous sound of the media stratosphere. The media talking
heads blather on with few complex points made in the space of five
minutes experts are given for each topic. Can they help it if our
McDonald's nation wants news in the space of time it takes to cook a
hamburger and has no patience for complexity? If points are made by
"experts" the experts often get paid handsomely as mouthpieces for one
defense industry or another which is not transparent.
Who can I trust? I
suspect I will never know so, yet again, I acquiesce to war. In that
neck of the chaotic woods filled with many who hate this nation
rightfully or wrongfully can one take the chance that this president is
wrong or worse lying?
Whether the nations of the Middle East survive and build democratic
states is of no concern to me. BUT what is of concern to me is that
this nation not suffer another attack and with it the possibility of
At least for now (I reserve the right to change my opinion) I will take
the words of our president as truth and support him because our very
lives and this nation's existence depend upon his not lying to us.
Whom do I trust? I still do not really know do you?