Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fog of War

The film Fog of War reveals the parallels between the war in Vietnam and current wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, it reminds me of how there is a sense of urgency to usher in a change of the guard during this presidential election.

The film exposes the rationale to use technology to kill human life; bureaucratic mechanisms deployed to justify decision making; and the rhetoric used to convince US masses of an imaginary threat to our well-being. When watching this film, it's also not a far reach to consider the mindset of Sen. John McCain, his historical situatedness having faced defeat in Vietnam, and his impulse to use military action rather than diplomacy when dealing with global conflict.

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