I am going out on a limb here and shall only say that I am NOT a racist, sexist, or homophobic. but….just a note before an enlightening Robert Greenwald film.
Someone wiser than I must have once said that when wars become ongoing, decade after decade, we lose the best genes in the pool of current generations. I base this on an assumption of my own, I must say. I must also say that my assumption is also based on the premise that the initial conflicts are assumed to be worthy and battled for matters of oppression, deprivation, or genocide of another race or nationality. When war breaks out, the brightest / strongest / bravest / most humanitarian of our youth begin to volunteer to serve others being oppressed. As one conflict follows another, then another….then another …for decades, the pool of these charactered youth diminishes with each conflict. Think about it…we have been at war constantly since WWII.
Our country has seemed to have been slowly eroding morally and intellectually during the same period. We have fewer volunteers, fewer statesmen, less classical studies, less independent thought, less respect for ourselves and others, and ask any retired veteran military person and you will find after talking with them for awhile and they will tell you that our military is generally eroded similarly also.
When I look at many of our youth (and many adults for that matter) today, I see a preoccupation of self interests that are truly mostly childish [sports, groupie music, techie games, skateboarding, tattooing, body piercing, pro wrestling, etc]. Hardly anyone knows what is really happening in our government anymore and if you bring an intelligent topic up in conversation you are looked upon as a bit weird. People think that growing a garden is an upside-down tomato plant hanging from the porch or a few pots of herbs on the widow sill.
Most conversations are of things that have no relative use or need of any intellect. Masculinity among young men seems to have lessened. Femininity among young women also seems to have lessened. Community service is now court ordered! The elderly are put into homes! Dogs are given full-blown funerals! Veterans are homeless! Now, whether it is a result of the chemicals in our food eaten or a result of more freedom from discrimination or the chem-trails invisibly raining down upon us or perhaps a result of the brightest / strongest / bravest / most humanitarian genes having been depleted from the last 2-3 generations…..one can really never know. Where HAS all of the individualism of morality/humanitarianism gone?
The War on Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the determined quest to invade Iraq following the events of September 11, 2001. The film deconstructs the administration’s case for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts, and U.N. weapons inspectors — including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President Bush’s Secretary of the Army. Their analyses and conclusions are sobering, and often disturbing, regardless of one’s political affiliations.