We are so divided we need more middle road attitudes

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I was doing some TV viewing the other night and it was a real drag. Obama’s TV address was too much after the latest incident of Hamas breaking a cease fire and I hear lukewarm babble on a long two-party fight compared to Ireland.

I was in Northern Ireland as a freelance correspondent and was even held captive by the IRA Provisional Wing in Londonderry. Ireland’s no comparison to what’s happening in Gaza. They didn’t use people as shields and gave warning to the British about bombings, except in England.

Obama states the main two parties should work out their differences. But there’s no American help? No overlooking peace brokers? There’s not enough outrage over the slaughtering of civilians. Past leaders would have had stronger attitude.

So, in frustration, I switched to TMC. I want to watch classic movies, but it’s Jane Fonda week and Hanoi Jane’s AFI Life Achievement Award Ceremony is on. She is a talent with some positive activism, yet I’m disgusted by them celebrating her anti-war stands. Having experience with Fonda’s unreal grasp of the war and her advocating violence, I’ve been told it’s long ago. Yet here’s Vietnam tragedy on TV.

I flash on experiences that scare. My eyewitness accounts fall short with time and indifference overshadowing the Vietnam era. Compounded by “Fonda’s activist work,” years later people don’t want to be objective about wrongs she caused.

To the victors go history, I have stated before. She caused the loss of soldiers.

In life, I’ve been a seeker of compromise through middle road attitudes. It’s been hard work, especially with the War on Terror still raging. Our last two presidents are the least popular in American history.

Years ago, I was told to take sides. Yet, with celebrities often having a strong one-sided influence on citizenry, we need middle road attitudes instead. I again state, that with our generation’s latest Republican and Democratic presidents being what they are, we need smart, middle road attitudes more than ever.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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