Why We Fight is the most meaningful film I’ve seen in a long time. It is a documentary about Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial Complex.” I agree with the conclusions of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, but his methods and reasoning are just insane and mostly idiotic, I think. This movie makes the same point, but is much more fair and balanced. I think it deals with the things that are important.
The film attacks Republicans and Democrats equally. Essentially, the United States has become a violent, war-loving people, but our reasons are primarily economic. We love war because it is good for our economy, not because we love violence per se, but violence in other countries allows us to live the kind of lifestyles we enjoy.
Also, the film “defends” President Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war by reminding us of the many times the United States has inserted ourselves into conflicts around the world. We have this big military, we need to do something with it.
For examples, in recent years we fought in Korea in the 1950s, Lebanon in 1958, Thailand and Laos in 1962, the Dominican Republic in 1965, Congo in 1967, Cambodia in 1970, Vietnam in the 1970s, Lebanon in 1976, Sinai and Lebanon in 1982, Egypt, Chad, Grenada and Lebanon in 1983, Persian Gulf in 1984, Italy in 1985, Libya in 1986, Persain Gulf in 1987, Panama and the Philipines in 1989, Kuwait and Zaire in 1991, Somolia and Yugoslavia in 1993, Yugoslavia in 1999, the Philipines in 2002, and we’ve been in Iraq since 2003. I’m pretty sure this is not a full list, and we did plenty of pre-emptive strikes in times past, too.
Finally, did you know we’re building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq? How quickly is the military planning to get out? Not real quick, that’s for sure. There is lots more information in the movie and on the web.
Another way to think about this movie . . . why does the rest of the world hate the USA? This is part of the answer. Highly recommended movie. Thought provoking, for sure. Not easy to watch, but fair and balanced, I think.
Here are some more resources, in case you’re interested.