Recently Sahar, an Iraqi who writes from Baghdad for McClatchy News Service reflected on a trip to the U.S.
Why indeed? That is the question peace movement activists chew over endlessly. After all, at this point 60 to 70 percent of U.S. citizens want us out of Iraq -- why aren't we able to demand an end to our war more effectively?
In a commentary on books by Iraq vets, Michael Massing has some interesting suggestions about how the U.S. public filters information about Iraq that help explain the paradoxes Sahar encountered.
Strange times we live in, when we can both know and not know so completely. Filters cannot however, in the end, shield us from the karmic consequences of responsibility sloughed off.