Friday, February 15, 2008

'Why We Fight – War Sells – Kriegsgeschaefte der USA'

By Elisa DaVinca ∙ AnotherWorldIsPossibleNow ∙ February 11, 2008

[Not the video originally posted by Elisa. Source: Melah65]

WHY WE FIGHT, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, it is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a who's who of military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and others, WHY WE FIGHT launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire.

Inspired by Dwight Eisenhowers legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase military industrial complex), filmmaker Jarecki (THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER) surveys the scorched landscape of a half-centurys military adventures, asking how and telling why a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why does America fight?

What are the forces political, economic, ideological that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy? Frank Capra made a series of films during World War II called WHY WE FIGHT that explored Americas reasons for entering the war, Jarecki notes. Today, with our troops engaged in Iraq and elsewhere for reasons far less clear, I think its crucial to ask the questions: Why are we doing what we are doing? What is it doing to others? And what is it doing to us?

Doku (in German) on Arte via opium_fuers_volk


  1. Hi DetainThis :)
    thx for spreading it - check your html-code for the google video please - I know blogger is eating appendices of number strings :) - just copy and paste the originial code from the source and do this with the links of Arte & opium_fuers_volk too and NO "preview"! - then everything should be working ... I am always testing my postings afterwards ;)

  2. Hi Elisa. The code works fine on my WordPress blog, but Google Blogger won't accept it. So I am using YouTube. Thank you for trying to help. Maybe you could share with me the exact html code you used; perhaps that might work. In the meantime, I'll make sure my flash software is up-to-date.