Monday, October 18, 2004

Can't keep secrets

There is too much in the way of communication tools to keep things secretive in a war. People can go to the Internet, television or government officials to make their complaints known. Is this a good thing. I don't know, but it could create problems. About 20 soldiers were told to standdown recently after refusing to take their convoy on a delivery mission in Iraq. The soldiers said their equipment wasn't "good enough" to keep them safe and they were carrying contaiminated fuel. Now, it's all well and good to make complaints, but do it through the proper channels in time of wars. It shows a lack of discipline to do so otherwise. In times of war it is also considered mutiny to go through other channels to make a complaint. The soldiers were wrong in notifying their parents or going to the Internet to tell people their was concern for their safety in transporting material. They may have had a valid complaint, but tell it to their superiors. The complaints do show that materials and proper materials are in short supply in our war effort in Iraq. In World War II, people would have been shot for not following orders. But in this day and time, there are too many variables to do this. And with the new communication technology being what it is, nothing is being able to be kept secretive.

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