Clearly a chord was struck yesterday. A chord that resonated for 51 comments: A record on our blog. What I was so amazed with was the passion and enthusiasm exhibited by the postings. What was also interesting was how split down the middle posters were. When one comment would go up arguing one side, it would be followed almost immediately by the opposing view.
One of the more prominent comments that was made I feel needs a little more discussion. "I think the message from one side of this debate was the fact that it is human nature to become emotional, but what next? Emotions don't solve problems, even though they may spark interest and hope for change. I think we look toward EPIC and the rest of the NGO community to relay these stories in a way that is not bias and overwrought - Anonymous."
That is both a valid concern and an unfair implication. Ignoring for a minute the rest of the NGO community, I don't think it's reasonable to imply that EPIC only deals with emotions when discussing these issues, neglecting solution-based ideas. Our mission here at EPIC is to bring you the stories and interviews that you won't find anywhere else, and yes, they are often emotional. But the reason you won't find them anywhere else is because we go straight to the source. We feel the most important voices are those of Iraqis and those who work in the country. They know what's going on because they live it. They are the solution.
We are extremely happy that this blog has received so much attention and encouraged so much action (over 600 letters and counting!), but I want to make it clear that we are not an emotion-focused institution, we are a solutions-focused one. I hope there is as much debate on the next series of posts because while debates are inherently guided by emotion, when an exchange of ideas ensues, real solutions emerge.