Originally Posted by Digmenow
While you might be surprised that I follow these threads, the fact is that I frequently do and I usually know who's coming down on which side without the need of a scorecard. That said, your comment above seems out of character for you. It appears you are suggesting that unless a poster has firsthand knowledge/experience, they should not be posting on the subject. The written account is all many of us have to inform us of current events. If Drew (for example) can't draw information from another source, then he is reduced to posting the occasional one liner or appropriate picture.
This can't be your intent, can it?
The intent was to point out that unless you are an accredited mind reader, or a psychiatrist treating that individual itâ€™s impossible to know what is truly on someone elseâ€™s mind.
An example might be the fairly well known â€ś1,000 yard stareâ€ť that some soldiers have exhibited in the past. If you see death and destruction day in and day out, your perspective changes on a lot of things. If you have not experienced that, you donâ€™t have the right to say that a comment or comments, from someone that has, is right or wrong. The comments may very well seem strange or outlandish to those that havenâ€™t been there, but another veteran will at least have an idea of what is being said.
Comments from reporters that live and work in the area have little bearing on what goes on in the mind of a 19 or 20 year old, after heâ€™s been through a fire fight that may have killed or wounded his buddy, or seen someone get blown to pieces. To presume to know from 10,000 miles away makes even less sense, at least to me anywayâ€¦
Interpreting various events is one thing, mind reading is something elseâ€¦â€¦.
Does that seem reasonable Digmenow?