Black and White thinking

Nikki Broadwell
2 min readOct 16, 2023

I have been so frustrated by, first the one-sided news coverage, and then Biden’s statements regarding the attack on Israel. As a statesman, in my opinion, it would have been better to condemn the horrific attack and then go on to talk about a way to make peace, not to say, ‘we stand with Israel’. For one thing Netanyahu is a nasty bully and under investigation. He’s been in for 20 years. Israel has been accused of apartheid by the U.N. and Biden’s unequivocal support has given Netanyahu a green light to do whatever he wants. And the idea of sending military aide? They don’t need it!

This is what we do now. We jump in with both feet and take sides. I remember a time when we were diplomatic, thought things through, and made our way through the gray. This is the same kind of thinking that went on during 9/11. People went temporarily insane — it was scary. Without being able to think critically we are doomed.

It seems that now, a few days later, reporters are beginning to see what they’ve unleashed. We’ve already seen the hate crimes against Muslims here in the U.S. The people trapped in Gaza are without water, electricity or even shelter. They are boxed in. Why can’t we as intelligent human beings look at both sides of a situation? Tribal thinking will get us exactly nowhere.

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Nikki Broadwell

In my real life I’m a fantasy/mystery author. What I’ve written so far on Medium have been political opinion pieces. But that is changing!