Political battles rage daily in congress, making their case of pulling out, not backing another country or recognizing that some wars you can’t win. Whether its the war in Afghanistan, Iraq or the next tense situation, common sense screams, “certain places in the world aren’t worth fighting for since there is no clear winner if you engage in war!” When this or that country has been battling it out for centuries or close to a thousand years, why shed innocent blood? Hopefully, someone in Washington D.C. will learn this lesson soon.
On American soil, there is a different kind of war brewing, the war of public opinion. In the 1997 film Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman plays a Hollywood producer who deceives the American people of a fictional war in Albania. Using special effects, talking points and a montage of sound bytes, Hoffman convinces the people of a war that doesn’t exist. Today, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Youtubes are the weapons of choice, steering minds in their direction. In a world of shrinking absolutes, where opinions have become elevated to fact status, this war is like chasing the wind.
The only thing you can control in this life is your own character. Sure, your enemies will attempt to assassinate your reputation, yet your actions, attitude, behavior, body language and words serve as a means of defense. As long as you are consistent, you can’t control what others says on blogs, Facebook or Twitter. Therefore, fighting back or responding to your critics is futile. By coming down to their level, you are strengthening their argument. Despite the mud opponents sling your way, display prudence by recognizing they are some wars you just can’t win.
by Jay Mankus