Iraqi Bloggers Roundup

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Strange as Truth

Riverbend has a new post today:

"Everyone is simply tired in Baghdad. We've become one of those places you read about in the news and shake your head thinking, 'What's this world coming to?' Kidnappings. Bombings. Armed militias. Extremists. Drugs. Gangs. Robberies. You name it, and we can probably tell you several interesting stories."

She also includes a personal analysis of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 film:

"All in all, the film was- what is the right word for it? Great? Amazing? Fantastic? No. It made me furious, it made me sad and I cried more than I'd like to admit- but it was brilliant. The words he used to narrate were simple and to the point. I wish everyone could see the film. I know I'll be getting dozens of emails from enraged Americans telling me that so-and-so statement was exaggerated, etc. But it really doesn't matter to me. What matters is the underlying message of the film- things aren't better for Americans now than they were in 2001, and they certainly aren't better for Iraqis."

Well, I guess she won't bother watching this movie then. An open mind will seek answers from all sides and then make an informed decision for themselves. Many people are not on a search for truth, but a search for affirmation of their beliefs. This leads many people to seek out what they already know as "true" and discredit anything that opposes their preconceived notions. The search for truth is quite perilous and may lead you down a path you prefer not to walk. Perhaps somewhere along the journey you will realize that truth is stranger than fiction, not because it is beyond the realm of possibilities but simply because it is harder to find.


"The truth that makes men free is, for the most part, the truth which men prefer not to hear." - Herbert Agar

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." - Winston Churchill

"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who have found it." - Andre Gide, So Be It, 1959