The Lesson for America from the Inglourious Basterds
There is a direct lesson that the American citizens can learn about what this White House has continued to call “the war on terror,” by watching Quentin Tarantino’s latest film,
Inglourious Basterds There is a scene at the end of the film where a theater full of German Nazis watches a Goebel’s propaganda film and laughs and cheers as the film’s hero shoots and kills 300 American soldiers from a bell tower.
This scene is contrasted by the laughter throughout the theater earlier in the film as “the Bear Jew” savagely beats to death a Nazi soldier with a baseball bat and then goes on a screaming tirade about how he knocked it out of the park.
Does the end justify the means kid? Can you think back that far to your freshman English class where the Prince was taught? Anyway, I think not.
The cheering that happened early on in the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan has perpetuated us into the situation that the US military now finds itself in. Now the goal of the occupations has been appropriately downgraded to, “well we can’t pull out too fast, we have to finish the job,” but that is only a logical follow-up to the initial invasion.
This explains why Afghanistan is now virtually out of the headlines, while the majority of American citizens are not pleased with the count of American soldiers being killed on a weekly basis, Americans are pleased with hearing the latest body count of “Taliban” slaughtered at the hands of American soldiers. Or “insurgents” being murdered by predatory drones guided by the US military whether in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and whether a single “terrorist” or an entire family…disgusting.
We can see the parallels between the theater audience of the Tarantino film and the American audience as a whole when we see that predominantly they are cheering for the death of the enemy, which George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld had told them is the Taliban and the Arab looking insurgent.
The “War on Terror” phrase, disturbingly brought up recently by the Obama administration’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, not so clearly defined the objective game plan unless of course the public assumed they want to completely take over the country of Afghanistan. Or perhaps even worse wanted to go as far as to say they wished to rid the entire world of terrorism, a goal the Obama administration seems to be inching toward.
The question becomes, “what exactly are the stated goals of this administration?”
With no clearly defined goals, only the prior administration’s goals can be assumed.
“False patriotism,” lives and breathes, as was the stated goal of the previous administration, but lets hope not. I don’t want to be cheering the death toll of “Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.”
The rare American patriotism that drove the Bush administration is wearing very thin.
Just today 80 died at the hand of Obama. So let us ask ourselves, “Just what is this Change?”
We’re killing humanity regardless. And shit is getting ugly. When will we stand up for our fellow brothers? We have to stand up and set a standard for the seeds of the American Dream.
So how do we do this? We stand up to the continuation of the Bush policies in the Obama administration in Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of the ignorance of the mainstream media because of the financial crisis.