But it is becoming more and more difficult to ignore the truths being beamed into our consciousness in the modern-media, global-info immersion. In past wars, the pictures from the front were delayed by editing and travel time and that somehow sanitized the images for home front consumption.
Recently, I sat and watched people die in a small village in Lebanon in real time, by satellite, from the very artillery base that fired the shells I could see striking the houses on the hillside, among the olive groves.
It’s all true! Our media don’t get up close as often as the Arab TV and the world wide coverage shown outside the United States, but there are plenty of pictures of dead and wounded children and rushing ambulances, even on our polite news networks. Bloody smears across the wall of a room where our troops apparently massacred a family, the shards of flesh still clinging to the inside of a Humvee after a roadside bomb, the white phosphorous burns on the face of a teen in a hospital without any morphine. The only way to handle it all is to grow callous and suppress the humanistic horror of what is happening. Truth is barely bearable if you retain any sensitivity or moral anger. We all become brutalized in the process, not the least, our troops whose truth isn’t abstract at all. Returning veterans are signing up for psychiatric care at a record rate and many soldiers in the field are using anti-anxiety medications to keep down the existential panic.
So the truth, it turns out, will make you sick before it sets you free and the only choice we have is whether to face it or deny and retreat into one or another rationale for the geo-political necessity to make war, for some reason that is yet unclear. Truth is what we can not deny, and judging from contemporary events, there isn’t a whole lot of that left.
It’s all true, just some of it’s truer than others!
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.