I was driving home from work and listening to the radio when I heard Robert Fisk for the first time on KPFT. Mr. Fisk is a journalist who has reported for more than 30 years on war and on the Middle East. I am glad that I could find the video for the talk that I listened to, because I really wanted to share his words and his perspective. He describes the media coverage of the war and how the people of America and in Europe are not being shown the truth of the war, but instead we are being fed a sanitized version, so that the war will be more palatable for us, so that we will continue to tolerate it. He is straight forward in his criticism and I have no doubt the US government is keeping an eye on him (at least through our last administration), but he speaks the truth from his heart and I have to admire his fearlessness in saying what he thinks. Mr. Fisk admits that he does not have optimism for either staying in or exiting the war, because our position is impossible either way, and I tend to agree. We are stuck in a damned if we do and damned if we don't scenario that will keep us from succeeding or withdrawing for a long time to come.
While listening to Mr. Fisk, I stopped at the grocery store and found myself unable to leave my car until he finished speaking. The program was Alternative Radio (alternativeradio.com), and it has made me a fan of Robert Fisk and of AR. Towards the end of this lecture, Mr. Fisk reads from a letter sent by a US marine to his father. Mr. Fisk describes the letter, which tells of the futility of our occupation of Iraq, as eloquent. I have never heard a soldier's perspective stated as clearly and beautifully as this letter was written.
The lecture is about an hour long. If you don't have time to listen to it in one sitting, then save it to your favorites and go back to it. The letter from the soldier is at about 47:00.