it's a war on war
this was my "a word a day" mailing today:
"One more such victory and we are lost," exclaimed Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, as he described his costly success in the battle of Asculum in Apulia. With those words he gave us a metaphor to refer to a victory so costly that it's barely better than defeat.
If we talk to those who lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers,
husbands, wives and other loved ones in war, every victory is a Pyrrhic
Pyrrhic victory (PIR-ik VIK-tuh-ree) noun
A victory won at too great a cost.
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This word especially struck a chord with me because this weekend, ryan, tenelle, and I went to see a movie called "Why We Fight," a documentary on America and all the complex systems at work behind our decisions to go to war or not go. The movie is framed around this ominous speech that Eisenhower gave when he left the presidency, warning America about the "military industrial complex"...in other words...warning them about making war a business.
throughout the movie, they go around asking people off the street why we are at war. everyone kind of has a different answer, a lot of people and some of the children they ask say "freedom." all vague answers though. the most compelling story is of a former police chief whose son was killed in 9/11. he gets so angry that he emails the military and asks that his son's name be painted on a bomb that will, in his mind, strike vengeance on the enemies that caused his son's death. the bomb drops in baghdad...then some time later he hears bush say in an answer to the press that the issues with saddam have nothing to do with 9/11. so the cop is now even angrier. he talks about feeling like the government exploited his feelings of patriotism and revenge to back their own agenda...which had nothing to do with him.
i am not very political, but i thought this movie was very intriguing...(though very ominous).
it was certainly making it's point in a more tasteful and less manipulative fashion than someone like michael moore with farenheit 911.
check out the trailer: