Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
A few weeks ago there was a well-reported incident in which a Marine commander who opposed both the attack and the later withdrawal from Fallujah described it with the words "revenge" operation (he didn't call it a massacre). I didn't clip it, but it shouldn't be hard to find. It was well-reported and elicited editorial comment as well.
But we hardly needed that. The Marines invaded Fallujah in immediate reaction to the killing of four US military contractors. They didn't try to apprehend those involved, but carried out a large scale attack which was in fact a massacre. That's "revenge", even without the explicit acknowledgment. Just as the killing of the contractors was revenge for the US-Israeli assassination of the quadriplegic cleric Sheikh Yassin (and half a dozen bystanders) outside a Mosque in Gaza a few days earlier.
Revenge for 9-11 and operations against US troops in Iraq is a different matter. There have been plenty of reports in the press about attitudes of US soldiers, taking revenge for 9-11. There was a full-page NYT presentation of soldiers with pictures back in the early stages of the invasion, with their comments about why they were eager to fight in Iraq. Much of it was pay-back for 9-11. The basic principle is that all Arabs-Muslims are alike, so even if Iraqis had nothing to do with it, they're responsible. And there have been repeated examples since.