Reports of ww2

Persuasive Paper The assigned reading was for the most part the telling of soldiers stories, whether they told of the stories they’d had or the story they were currently taking part in. As a whole they weren’t looking to sway my opinion in any particular direction regarding the war, just describe the situation. The first piece of writing that I found persuasive came from I. F. Stone, a writer for The Nation who was stationed behind a desk in Washington instead of behind a bunker at the time of the war. I mention the fact that he was a desk jockey because it was something I took personally when reading of the heroics of the reporter writing from the front lines. I said to myself the first time reading through his report “Why should I listen to this coward, he is trying to tell us that we are doing enough? What a hypocrite. He needs to get off his rear, get a gun and into G.I. gear.”. However after reading the piece and seeing how it moved me, I saw how important a role a reporter could play back home. Stone’s article “A plea to admit Jewish refugees” was the only writing that looked at the war from the broader sense of things. Most war time reporters concentrated more on what was happening in the platoons, the men’s feelings and keeping moral high. This was an essential role that reporters filled, not only for the soldiers but for the folks back in the States. I know that if I was in that particular situation that I wouldn’t be worrying about the Jewish refugees so much as I would be trying to avoid the bullets whizzing over head. It’s important to concentrate on one thing at a time. However since Stone could look at the war as more of a political battle than a battle of day to day survival, it made him curious about what exactly are our objectives were and are we properly utilizing our resources. Through his researching he found that the only support that we were really giving was militarily, and other than that we…

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