Friday, October 15, 2004

Thank the American Soldier

Jane has a great example of the sort of opinion that would be far more rare today if we still relied on the media that we had until the early 90's or so. What would we all think of our troops and Afghanistan if we had only the Big Three, newspapers, and the water cooler?

How is it poor Afghans are today richer than many of their neighbors? How is it that today Afghanistan is suddenly one of the most progressive Middle Eastern countries? They voted for president-and they don’t even have cell phones. Farmers, Taliban and shop owners voted for the first time in 5000 years. Women voted, with a whole right, equal to men. American soldiers offered democracy and it was grasped from their hands with hunger. The Afghan baby born today has democracy as a birthright.

2 Comments:

Blogger andy said...

Speaking of thanking our troops. Washington Times yesterday reports that 70% of troops backing W for president.

Also, interesting demo of the military. Close to 50% identify themselves as Republicans. That shows, with a volunteer army, how differently Rep and Dems think of our country. BTW, only about 18% said they were Democrats, the rest said independent.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Ah, but the Times did not have the correct interpretation of those poll results. The Seattle PI, on the other hand, knows that when a poll shows 2:1 favor to Bush, the proper headline is "Military families express some Iraq doubts".

Overwhelming approval = doubts. Use where appropriate.

1:57 PM  

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