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Code Pink, a leading women run peace organization has returned from a two week stint in Kabul with some changed views. Although they don’t want more troops sent to Afghanistan they have acknowledged that troop presence is necessary. It is very promising news that one of the most prevalent groups that are against the military are seeing for themselves the difference our troops are making. With any story there are always two sides of it, and with this war the story that is more popular and that makes for some juicy news focuses on all the negatives, the deaths, and portraying the military, and especially military recruiters in a negative light. What we don’t often see is troop camaraderie, the positive changes that have been made, and the soldiers that are proud of serving their country. The fact that Code Pink is having a small change in opinion by visiting Afghanistan shows that maybe we are mostly seeing the negative because that is the information that is more readily available.
We all have our opinions on politics and this war, and everyone should be able to make their own educated assessment on what they believe the outcome should be. Regardless of that opinion, we should all be able to agree on one fact, and that is being proud of our troops. Proud of them for doing all that is asked of them and for having the desire to fulfill a bigger purpose and serve our country. October 6, was the national day against military recruiting which had a purpose of painting a very negative image of what it means to be in the military. You can learn more about it by reading this blog post http://bit.ly/QpBXQ.
It is my hope that this trip by Code Pink will slow down this movement because instilling fear into youth about military service doesn’t benefit anybody. As the military is moving into the new era, working on offering more opportunities, creating programs to benefit both military members and their families, it can sure use the help of media highlighting those aspects. Being miss-informed is one of the leading reasons for some of the negative opinions—the Code Pink example is a great one to show that it is possible to slow down a movement focusing on negativity through presenting information. There is still a long way to go, and many anti-war groups will come out even stronger to show their side, but it is only through information sharing and patiently educating the public that the military will get its message heard.