"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning"

Phila brings the moral outrage to the story of the video of the Apache helicopter attack from 2007:

This isn't some aberration. What these soldiers did to these people is what we did to Iraq. We attacked it because it was there, and we could, and we thought it would make us feel better. We did it because we're stupid, because we're brutal, because we're bored, because we don't like foreigners, because we're scared of our own shadow. We did it because the seriousness of war made us feel like serious people. We did it because we're angry and unhappy, and we'd rather take our anger and unhappiness out on others than accept any measure of the "personal responsibility" we claim to hold dear.
Me, though I've never been to war, I can't help but think this is what war is, and what war is for. I also can't believe I'm not the only person who thinks we've seen this movie before:

What, My Lai?


Blogger ProfWombat said...

FOr all of the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing, the dying, was all done in vain;

For, Willie McBride, It all happened again,
And again and again and again and again

Eric Bogle

2:24 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home