Monday, July 26, 2010

Truth About the "Good War" WikiLeaked

"A secret war is underway in which Pakistan backs al-Qaeda whilst the United States kills captured Taliban without trial," and "coalition troops have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents" — Afghan War: secret documents leaked online.

My fear is that rather than this leading to the wise decision to leave and completely disengage politically and militarily from the region, the news "that neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are helping the Taliban" will be spun and the war will instead widen.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Wikileaks to be trusted, or is it a honeypot that filters what the gov't wants to get out w/o being able to say it themselves.

Have you noticed that over the past few months Wikileaks has been getting increasing coverage by the mainstream press?

In Marketing 101 that's called a "roll out".

And how is it that a 22 year old kid had access to all of this info?

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also suspicious. Sounds too good to be true. Even if the kid is okay, I could see him being fed info....

Faustina

7:33 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Anonymous writes : "Is Wikileaks to be trusted"

I trust it with your life.

Frankly, what difference does it make? Has all that has ever been written on the internet had any real influence on the war?

All world news and national news is purely entertainment.

7:38 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Anonymouses, thanks for poiting out the suspicious nature of these leaks. Could it be that they are intented to provide grounds for war against Iran and Pakistan, and that the reports on civilian deaths were only included for cover, and because nobody cares anyway?

l.t.g., you're right that the way world news and national news is packaged for us is purely entertainment, but not for those on the ground in places like Fallujah. I'd say we have a duty to get informed and inform others, in hope of change. Hope is a theological virtue.

8:48 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Western Confucian writes : "but not for those on the ground in places like Fallujah."

Well of course there are serious consequences, but why is there a duty to be informed on matters where you and I cannot make any difference?

People on blogs throw tissy fits over torture, or the health care bill, or the bailout, or whatever and the like as if their discussion has any bearing on the issue when the discussion has none. The same with Wikileaks. What we can perfect are ourselves, and those we know and have a duty to care for.

Perhaps wikileaks is true, perhaps not, but what we do know is that the government will do what it intends to do regardless and will spin the information to suit its designs and nothing you say or do will change it.

Hope which denies experience is not a virtue.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Balthasar Fan in Brooklyn said...

LTG (I'd have sworn we were in grad school together years ago having read your comments for the past year. Are you Canadian?) writes:

"why is there a duty to be informed on matters where you and I cannot make any difference?"

I think Josh has a post out there yesterday that touches upon this a issue re: guilt and responsibility.

But lately, and increasingly, your point is taking hold. Not despair, but serenity, as per Niebuhr's prayer.

"God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference"

It was the Gulf spill that really got me on this kick. Even on 9/11 there were things I could do, to help console neighbors, teach even.

But once they cracked the ocean blue, I realized there's nothing I can do.

Except pray.

10:52 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Balthasar Fan in Brooklyn,

Doubtful. I'm Franklin Salazar I'm from Colorado, and the only grad schools I went to are CU Architecture, and Notre Dame Institute.

But do I appreciate anytime anyone agrees with anything I write, I've been kicked off enough blogs to know that I'm usually less than appreciated.

11:18 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

l.t.g., don't worry about being kicked off this on. I still hold out hope, but I'm realizing I may be thinking like a New Ager because phrases like "raising consciousness" come to my mind. The Hundredth Monkey even came to mind, I'm afraid to say. Maybe Timothy Leary was right: tune in , turn on, drop out.

However, Balthasar Fan in Brooklyn is right to remind us of responsibility. I've been accused of anti-Americanism because I point out things done by our "government" but not those done by China's, Burma's, or anyone else's (except that of our client state, Israel).

What our "government" does is done in the name of our country with our people's tax money, so there is an issue of responsibility here. Let the Burmese and the Chinese and the East Juhungalandese deal with their own governments.

I know most of them won't, because it's very difficult for someone from a culture not formed by the Church as our was (however distantly now) to see themselves apart from the tribe or even worse the State.

11:58 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Western Confucian writes : "What our "government" does is done in the name of our country with our people's tax money, so there is an issue of responsibility here."

No, there isn't a responsibility. While the authority comes though you, that authority is in you solely as potency so that what you have is not responsibility, but cause of the society.

12:27 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

adding on. Chilton Williamson has a nice article on this subject in the latest Chronicles August 2010 page33

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Is it online? Will it be?

7:44 PM  

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