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Remember the real people

April 15, 2007

This isn’t good filmmaking. But it made me cry.

It’s funny, even after all this time I still have a problem really accepting that these real people are doing these real things in the world that affect their real children and families, not to mention their own lives. I resist the impulse to feel for them on some level. Why is that? I think it’s the latent result of years and years of training in the proper liberal impulses, coupled with artistic elitism. If it’s not good art, scoff at the message.

But the underlying truths of this video are too hard to ignore, even for a hard-hearted cynic like me.

How could anyone look one of these men and women on the eye and tell them all their sacrifice is a mistake? Or tell their children or loved ones? So many are circumspect of other’s points of view saying “it’s good for them”.

These people believe what they are doing is good. Can you say otherwise?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim C. permalink
    April 16, 2007 12:58 pm

    it is a touching montage. This is the video that brought tears to my eyes:

    “These people believe what they are doing is good.”

    Have you found better numbers than these as to what the troops really believe about the war and Bush’s leadership thereof?

  2. April 17, 2007 3:04 pm

    You say that you were touched by this despite years of liberal training. I would say that your affection for this is very much your liberalism at work — the knee-jerk, emotional response that is such a far cry from conservative hard-headed, unemotional “these are the facts” approaches.

    You say, “These people believe what they are doing is good. Can you say otherwise?” That is the ultimate in liberal emotionalism.

    The fact is that these fine people are by nature willing to serve in a submissive fashion, that is to say, in a trusting manner.

    The rest of the world has said that their trust in Bush and Rumsfeld was misplaced. Rather than agree with the facts, you don’t want to hurt these soldiers’ feelings. Even you now concede that events haven’t gone in the way that was predicted for these nice folks in the video. Your sentimentalism refuses to come to grips with realities, though. That’s quite a liberal approach, albeit directed in an odd fashion.


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