Fact is, who knows?

Do you ever wonder why people believe what they believe? Is it because they like the source of the information? Does some information “resonate” with certain people so it has the proverbial “ring of truth” to it?

Last night I was surfing channels and caught a few minutes of “The Drug Years” on VH1. The segment was about Vietnam and the problem with heroin many vets from that era brought home. Several of the commentators stated matter of factually that the CIA was involved in supplying our men in Vietnam with the drug. It was pretty obvious they (the commentators) believed this, or at least wanted me to. But is there even a shred of truth to it?

There are reports in the media that one third of all Americans believe there is a cover-up surrounding the events of 9/11. I’ve run across more than a few blogs whose authors are convinced that the US was directly involved in the carnage. Israel is another favorite culprit. It’s obvious that most of these bloggers are way out of the mainstream. Not all of them though.

CNN (I know, consider the source) reports regularly that fully half of all Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the attacks of 9/11. To the best of my knowledge, no one more credible than nitwit bloggers has ever suggested such a thing. Iraq involved with al Qaeda is one thing, but being involved in the attacks on the US is quite another.

I, for one, don’t know what to believe. As a result, I generally don’t (believe anything). In particular, if my government says it, it is extremely suspect. Here’s a quick list of the shenanigans politicians have perpetrated in my lifetime.

Ongoing US involvement in Iraq and our failure to finish the job in Afghanistan may one day make the list, but in my mind those have more to do with incompetence than dishonesty.

Are you a believer?

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2 Comments

Filed under Liars, Military, News, Politics

2 responses to “Fact is, who knows?

  1. First of all, thank you for visiting The Bosun Locker and leaving your comments. I have read over your web-log entries and must admit you are a very appropriate and talented commentator.

    Bravo Zulu to your work here.

    You hit the nail on the head about that snafus that have occurred in your (and my) lifetime. Wish our politicians and political pundits would get smarter. Perhaps it is going to take an overhaul of our political parties.

    Keep up the fine job you are doing. Have a great blogging day.

    Respectfully,
    Bosun

  2. Am I being glib by suggesting that the “B.S.” in “Age of B.S.” could also stand for “Belief Systems”? I believe it could.

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