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Why We Fight

by ghandi Sat Apr 22nd, 2006 at 05:22:58 AM EST

It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.

Why We Fight is a provocative new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival which is now posted at Empire Burlesque for viewing (via Google).

Named after the series of short films by legendary director Frank Capra that explored America’s reasons for entering World War II, Why We Fight surveys a half-century of military conflicts, asking how – and answering why – a nation of, by and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a government system whose survival depends on an Orwellian state of constant war.

Why We Fight features interviews and observations by a "who’s who" of military and Washington insiders including Senator John McCain, Gore Vidal, and Dan Rather. Beginning with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s prescient 1961 speech warning of the rise of the "military industrial complex," Why We Fight moves far beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why America seemingly is always at war. What are the forces – political, economic, and ideological – that drive us to clash against an ever-changing enemy? Just why does America fight?

Jarecki interviews people from all parts of the machinery: a grandmother who pushes missiles around a factory floor but confesses she would rather work in a toy factory, an optionless youngster signing up for the army, a Vietnamese immigrant who escaped one war and now designs bunkerbusting bombs for another, the fighter pilots who proudly delivered the first strikes in a preemptive war, a Pentagon officer who has become entirely disenchanted with the military, and a retired cop who struggles to reconcile his grief for the son he lost on 9/11 with the realization that he has been duped by the administration's lies. Also among the talking heads are William Kristol and Richard Perle.

Unforgettable, powerful and at times disturbing.

You should press play (below) and then pause - letting the movie load some before pressing play again and watching the stream. It's a large file and the film is over one hour long.

See, this is why films need to be distributed through the Internet ASAP. It hasn't even been released in the Netherlands as far as I know, and it was already broadcasted on the Beeb?

I will need to make myself a pot of tea and settle down for a while...

by Nomad on Sat Apr 22nd, 2006 at 03:40:09 PM EST
If you have an hour and 39 minutes and you feel you can spend that much time on a film, let it be this one.
by Harlem on Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 11:05:52 AM EST

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