Lost lives in Iraq, lost blogs on the Web
Posted March 16, 2007

Since the war began, more than 3,000 soldiers have lost their lives due to this mess in Iraq.
In the beginning this war was reasonable.

We were wounded. We wanted to fight back, so we did.

Too bad we were completely misled into this fiasco and now we are paying by losing thousands of young men and women.

To know the truth we must see it, hear it, visit it and so on.

In response thousands of Americans, including soldiers, are fighting back in words. They share their stories in blogs to help others understand the truth.

But this truth is unfolding faster than our government would prefer.

Now they are finding themselves in between a rock and a hard place and in response are deleting thousands of blogs written by military members.

In one blog, a soldier describes the affect raids had on him and his platoon. He explained that, regardless of how many raids were performed or where they were performed, not a single piece of evidence was found to prove our reason for being in Iraq.

This small, crucial piece of evidence made this soldier question his duty.
Freedom of speech should not be withheld to mask our eyes from the reality of a horrible war. If a soldier feels that he is risking his life for a dubious cause, he should be able to voice that.

Regardless of why they joined the military, their rank, or position they have no say as to who goes to Iraq and who doesn’t.

The soldiers are doing the work, they become traumatized; therefore, their opinions should matter and should not be deleted in sake of the government’s reputation.

Ha! Too bad the reputation of the American government and definitely the Bush Administration has hit rock bottom and not even an enormous amount of therapy and years of attempting to prove themselves will get it back to the days of FDR.

Blogging has become the gateway of communication, especially when it comes to voicing an opinion – we created this tool and it should be protected under the First Amendment. The big picture is that these blogs are truth; they are tales of courage that should be open for all eyes to see.

No matter how much the government wants to hide the truth, soldiers are looking for everyway possible to hide their identity just so they can write about what is really going down in Iraq.

This forced action of hiding their identity is ridiculous.

Why don’t we put all the lawmakers and government officials in the shoes of those fighting in Iraq so they can live the daily life of a modern day soldier and see how they would cope with being involved in such a mess?

If we did this all lawmakers and officials would see the hell soldiers live each day and realize that their way of dealing with the pain is by writing.

So why are blogs written by soldiers being deleted? Is it because they feel combat positions and status could be revealed?

Or is it because they government is noticing a change in opinion from the general public and are afraid to lose support for their actions?

Whatever the reason may be, no one should be stripped the right to express his experiences.

Soldier or not – experiences should be shared so we can use them as an opportunity to learn.

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