Helping and not helping: Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, WikiLeaks

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Chelsea Turner

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Helping: Rally to Restore Sanity and/or fear

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert strike the American people once again with humor and truth.

That’s not to say comedians are the only people to see the world realistically or cynically, but when they can pull more than 200,000 people to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they certainly have some backing.

Stewart gave the most influential speech of the rally, his proposition being to restore the sanity of the American people and our government, offering strong suggestions that could destroy the barriers between the parties, the races, the haters and the ignorant.

The American people have learned to live their lives peacefully, Stewart said, and they don’t want to sit in the dark anymore waiting for the politicians to fix what is broken.

We need our politicians to forget their prejudices.  The focus needs to be shifted to resolutions, not arguments.  Stray away from your party’s principles and do what will benefit the greatest good.

Stewart and Colbert succeeded in unifying thousands of Americans in one place alone.  They touched millions through TV screens.

Those who don’t agree with everything should agree that to get out of our mess, we have to clean up our politicians and make them represent the people who put them there, not those who are keeping America in the dark with misinformation.

Not helping: WikiLeaks

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The recent release of more government documents via WikiLeaks in October about Iraq war deaths, revising numbers between 2003 and 2009 after the U.S. invasion, now puts the estimated casualty rate at more than 109,000 Iraqis including civilians.

However, this is irrelevant to the people most affected by the war.  Both U.S. forces and Iraqi forces are said to have provided false numbers to the public.

They have stirred up controversy over keeping the current U.S.-backed governent of Iraq as Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s administration undergoes strong questioning and opponents strive to push him out of office.

In response to the criticisms of the Iraqi people, Maliki is asking them to neglect what has been said of his administration and to focus on the allegations against America, resulting in intensifying the strains between the two nations.

This is only going to make our “security” and “stabilization” forces stay in Iraq longer and possibly erupt in another war.

U.S. officials have consented the leaks were released at a terrible time, during which peace is trying to be restored, and they are right.  Although people deserve to know the truth about their governments’ doings, there is a time and place to do so.