Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Parallel Universes

Michael Yon posted a new article from Iraq on Monday. It begins

Resistance is futile: You will be (mis)informed.
A gulf. A gap. A chasm. A parallel universe. All describe the bizarro-world contrast between what most Americans seem to think is happening in Iraq versus what is really happening in Iraq. Knowing this disconnect exists and experiencing it directly are two separate matters. It’s like the difference between holding the remote control during the telecast of a volcanic eruption on some distant island (and then flipping the channel), versus running for survival from a wretch of molten lava that just engulfed your car.
Not having been to Iraq, I haven't been hit as hard by this as Yon has. But I have noted the major discrepancies between the observations of the soldiers and embedded reporters there and the reports published by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other "mainstream media" outlets. And I have seen that the reports in the "mainstream media" consistently undercut the troops and their mission.

This is important because the Global War on Terror (the War Against "Islamic" Fascism) is important. As Yon notes, this is

a war of such strategic consequence that it will affect generations yet unborn — whether or not they want it to. Hiding under the covers will not work, because whether it is good news or bad, whether it is true or untrue, once information is widely circulated, it has such formidable inertia that public opinion seems impervious to the corrective balm of simple and clear facts.

Definitely read the whole thing. And consider supporting Michael Yon and the others that are there trying to help us understand what's really going on there. Lord knows the "mainstream media" won't be of any help.

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