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This & That

The name for this blog was inspired by “One-eyed Jack” Williams who had a radio program in Phoenix, Arizona about 35 years ago.... His “Quarter Hour of This and That”. Everyday he started out the program with the statement. “It is a beautiful day in Arizona and I suggest, leave us all enjoy it.” It did not mater if it was raining or sunny, in the middle of a sand storm or cold and miserable. It was always a beautiful day. It is still my favorite way to start the day.

Location: Baños de Agua Santa, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

There is Good NewsFrom Iraq.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest problems facing the coalition forces in Iraq is the adverse publicity that is propagated around the world that causes support for the completion of the job started in 2003 to dwindle. The man on the street is constantly bombarded with negative headlines and sound-bites telling him that the cause is doomed and we should abandon the fight as we did in Vietnam and Korea. Without a doubt there is a lot of bad news to report and this sells papers and keeps viewers. Conversely there is a lot of positive news where things are getting better that is seldom passed on via the major media channels. This, in my opinion is a crime against the brave people of Iraq who are trying to free themselves of tyranny and against the coalition forces who are facing the unseen enemy everyday at great risk. It reminds me of a Pogo cartoon of many years ago....”I have met the enemy....and they are us.”..

During WW2, as a kid I remember going to the movies and watching the newsreels of what was happening across the seas. They were uplifting and the people viewing cheered. There were defeats, but what I remember most were the victories. And don’t forget “Tokyo Rose,” the Japanese American who broadcast on the radio from Japan, was convicted of treason for her part in trying to bring down the moral of the fighting men in the Pacific and served six years in prison. Well, times have changed, and principles with them.

There is something that we can do however, thanks to this wonderful new media. There are many of us who read the stories posted here, are outraged and then go on about our daily lives. What would happen if we started our own e-mail campaigns to bring the positive news to light. I know here in Ecuador they would publish the good news if they had access to it.


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