Monday, October 19, 2009

Rethink Afghanistan

Awhile ago, I saw Robert Greenwald on the cable news shows promoting his film "Rethinking Afghanistan" about the complexities regarding the occupation of Afghanistan, & I finally got around to watching most it.

As our country's leadership currently debates the correct course of action, this gave me a little more insight into the different factors.

It is an incredibly messy situation with few solutions. All I know is that every time we destroy innocent life, we have lost.. because we have become the very thing we fight. That is undeniable.

The website for the film has it conveniently broken into segments:

Like the rest of his films, Greenwald is obviously approaching the situation from a progressive viewpoint. Regardless of whether we are coming at the problem of war from a 'liberal' or 'conservative' point of view, it is vital to try to understand & witness the culture we are affecting.

As Sun-Tzu declared:

"If you know the enemy
and know yourself
you need not fear

the results of a hundred battles."

One clip that caaught my attention was of Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, who has gained alot of attention for his rare mix of being a Congressional Democrat w/ balls.

I liked his humanist perspective on the fundamentals of our 'being' that are often lost in the politics and grand schemes of war.

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