Thinking Foreign

Was Mitt Romney rash in his jumping into the attacks on the US Embassy last week before President Obama had said anything? Should Obama, since the administration stated that they were shocked Romney used the tragedy as a political platform, have proceeded to campaign the rest of the week? Who cares?

By now you should have heard of the killings that happened in Cairo at the beginning of last week. What you may not be as aware of is what has happened as a result of these attacks with the race to the presidency.

Governor Romney states that he is “outraged” over these attacks, and that he is also dissapointed with the lack of leadership from the White House.

“There have been over the years, confusing messages sent by the president of the United States to the world,” said Romney.
Obama came back by saying that his rival in the race “seems to have a tendency to shoot first aim later.” He continues by saying
“It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts.”

Now I know, this is reading a lot like a news story. So why am I writing this? It’s because I was shocked to hear how few people even knew that an attack had happened till Friday of last week – and some Saturday! And we have the audacity to refer to ourselves as university students.

As students of John Brown Univeristy we are taught not only to be citizens of our community, but of the world. Therefore it is our duty to make sure that we are aware of what is happening in the world.

Were you aware that Iran said “‘nothing will remain of Israel’ if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program”? Did you know that the Occupy Wall Street is still underway?

Elizabeth Mathers, a senior at John Brown University, said that “I feel like as Christians and as young people, we need to be informed about current events because they actually do apply to us, and I think being unaware shows the world that young people are not truly interested in the world… We should be the ones most interested in world news because we are the ones who will eventually be left with the aftermath of whatever is happening on a day to day basis.” I agree with this 100 percent.

I realize as university students that we have a lot going on. Keeping up with current events sounds tough at times, but it’s really not! Just stay off Facebook for five minutes and go onto USAToday or the New York Times instead. Your mind will be sharper, and for the guys, a well- educated man is quite attractive to the ladies.