Who We Were and Who We Thought We Were Americans, and their soldiers, were led to believe they fought for democracy and freedom these past 17 years; the truth was far murkier. Danny Sjursen "War is just a racket… I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service…during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. My mother was a waitress, my father an overqualified civil servant who also painted houses and delivered Chinese food in Brooklyn.
As Saddam's information minister, he heroically would deny the most evident facts and stick to the Iraqi line. Once, however, he did strike a strange truth. When told that the U. In his reaction to the photos showing Iraqi prisoners tortured and humiliated by U. Bush, as expected, emphasized how the deeds of the soldiers were isolated crimes that do not reflect what America stands and fights for - the values of democracy, freedom and personal dignity.
And the fact that the case turned into a public scandal that put the U.
In a really "totalitarian" regime, the case would simply be hushed up. In the same way, the fact that U. A truly "totalitarian" power would have done what cops usually do-plant drugs and then "discover" the evidence of crime.
However, a number of disturbing features complicate this simple picture. In the past several months, the International Committee of the Red Cross regularly bombarded the Pentagon with reports about the abuses in Iraqi military prisons, and the reports were systematically ignored.
So it was not that U. The immediate reaction of the U. They explained that the soldiers were not properly taught the Geneva Convention rules about how to treat war prisoners - as if one has to be taught not to humiliate and torture prisoners!
But the main complication is the contrast between the "standard" way prisoners were tortured in Saddam's regime and how they were tortured under U.
Under Saddam, the accent was on direct infliction of pain, while the American soldiers focused on psychological humiliation. Further, recording the humiliation with a camera, with the perpetrators included in the picture, their faces stupidly smiling beside the twisted naked bodies of the prisoners, was an integral part of the process, in stark contrast with the secrecy of the Saddam tortures.
The very positions and costumes of the prisoners suggest a theatrical staging, a kind of tableau vivant, which brings to mind American performance art, "theatre of cruelty," the photos of Mapplethorpe or the unnerving scenes in David Lynch's films.
This theatricality leads us to the crux of the matter: To anyone acquainted with the reality of the American way of life, the photos brought to mind the obscene underside of U.
Similar photos appear at regular intervals in the U. Far too often we are treated to images of soldiers and students forced to assume humiliating poses, perform debasing gestures and suffer sadistic punishments.
The torture at Abu Ghraib was thus not simply a case of American arrogance toward a Third World people. In being submitted to the humiliating tortures, the Iraqi prisoners were effectively initiated into American culture: They got a taste of the culture's obscene underside that forms the necessary supplement to the public values of personal dignity, democracy and freedom.
No wonder, then, the ritualistic humiliation of Iraqi prisoners was not an isolated case but part of a widespread practice.We Were Soldiers is a American war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson.
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It is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once. We Were Soldiers Analysis Scott Johnson 04/14/09 HIST. Term Project Film Analysis/Review WE WERE SOLDIERS It’s a known fact that that the Vietnam War was fought by young American soldiers that bled and .
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Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for was We Were Soldiers Once and.
Mar 01, · Directed by Randall Wallace; written by Mr. Wallace, based on the book ''We Were Soldiers Once and Young'' by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, retired, and Joseph L.
Galloway; director of photography, Dean Semler; edited by William Hoy; music by Nick Glennie-Smith; production designer, Tom Sanders; produced by Bruce Davey, . Unbridgeable Gap: Who We Were and Who We Thought We Were Americans, and their soldiers, were led to believe they fought for democracy and freedom these past 17 years; the truth was far murkier.
Hopelessly outnumbered, four hundred soldiers against a North Vietnamese infantry division of two thousand men, Moore's soldiers will fight in Ia Drang Valley, or the .