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Raymond Blais

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Should we bomb Syria?

Without any precursor lets see what the Ted community has to say.


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  • Sep 5 2013: 98 % of Americans scream NO !!!
    • Sep 6 2013: Did you know that 96% of all statistics are just made up on the spot?

      In all seriousness though,
      I recall that at the time the US invaded Iraq, 80% of Americans couldn't find it on a map.

      That particular statistic may have improved somewhat since then, but I rather doubt your average American understands much concerning the politics of the area, the ramifications of an attack, the situation in Syria, or a whole host of other such things.

      Public opinion is an awful tool for decision making. The public is almost always under informed and mostly believes what the media tells it.
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        Sep 6 2013: We have been trained to take sides.
      • Sep 7 2013: Nadav Tropp ,
        WoW!!! talk about getting caught !!!
        You got me.

        Did you say Iraq was on the map? Where?
        Did you ever notice that the US had armed forces on both sides of Iran.

        I believe the media works hard to satisfy their largest Advertisers.
        And they spend those Campaign Funds with glee and Controlled Content,
        that controls Public Opinion.

        If you don't believe me, ask the Pollsters that the 2 parties employ.
        They don't lie, they just create the questions, and unlike telemarketers,
        they are immune to the Do Not Call list.

        We have been trained to take sides. ( I borrowed this from Raymond )
        Thank you.
      • Sep 9 2013: Public opinion should never be the only tool by which decisions are made.
        It remains a founding principle of democracy that the population has a voice in the decision-making process; it is not only right, but necessary that this continues to be true. However, the population entrusts elected and appointed individuals to make governing decisions on their behalf, precisely because not all decisions can be put to popular vote. It wouldn't be efficient, nor would it be right, in all cases -- but more importantly, it can be downright dangerous!!

        "Nothing is more important to a democracy than a well-informed electorate." (I'm quoting a fictional character, created by Aaron Sorkin. But the sentiment has its origins with Thomas Jefferson.)

        ...I don't trust that the American people are well informed enough regarding the context of this question (whether to intervene in Syria) to make the right decision on this gravely important matter. And I start from a place of self-criticism and skepticism, when I say so.

        I also distrust our news outlets; I don't expect any of the supposed "experts" presented on our news programs to help educate the American people in any significant way. Which is a shame; journalism is truly in a state of decline.

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