DIGITAL AMERICA

Why We Support.

// Posted by on 02/25/2012 (2:53 PM)

After watching the documentary Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki, I realized that the film was missing something very important. Why we support. The average everyday Americans aren’t fighting in the Iraq War nor have we ever been. We go through our daily routines, with the war far from our minds. Unless you know someone in the war or work in some way to supply or fund the war, you don’t think about what’s going on. The documentary in some ways turned against the war, because at this moment we don’t know what we are fighting for; so what’s the reason we are fighting? And while that makes a valid point, there are over 100,000 American troops in the Middle East fighting for our freedom because that is what they are told to do.

They are not allowed to question what they are doing; they don’t even have the time to. They are busy protecting themselves and their companies. Their goal isn’t to win a war, it’s to get home safe and alive. So, we turn against it because we don’t agree with why we’re fighting? Weapons are continually getting more advanced and the United States feels this is a reason for them to show off their muscles. Is it becoming less of a war based on an actual cause and more of a war based on making sure no one will challenge the United States again? We have bombs that are guided by GPS coordinates, guns that can hit over a mile away, and robot technology that basically does the fighting for us.

But those are all definitions to why we might be fighting. Not to why we support. We support because there are over two million soldiers in the armed forces, and over one third of these soldiers are in active duty. We support because they are Americans. They are average everyday Americans that made a choice to fight for what they believed was right, the least we could do is support. We support for the families they left behind, for the injured who return, and for the ones who don’t come back at all.

There’s nothing wrong with asking the question of why we’re fighting. It’s a reasonable and needed question. But that doesn’t mean you can support the soldiers who are fighting for you. So next time someone asks you about the war, what will you say? Will you comment on how we don’t have a reason to be there? Will you talk about how the United States is trying to show off? Or will you simply say I don’t agree with why we’re there, but I support the men and women who are fighting for our freedoms?


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Comments:


Allison said...

I agree that it is incredibly important that we as Americans support the people in the military whether or not we agree with why we are at war. However, I do not think that the deepest meaning of the documentary was anti-supportive or necessarily anti-war. My interpretation was that it was intended to show how Eisenhower’s idea of the military industrial complex is apparent today and that American people do not know why America went to war. In fact, many people who were asked why we were at war were supporting their troops at local parades. The point is to show that people support the troops and the American mission without having full knowledge of what is actually behind the fighting. This is also explained in the interview with the father who has his late son’s name written on a bomb. He thought that war was being fought in retaliation to the attacks of 9/11 that killed his son. However, that was not the case.

// 02/27/2012 at 5:10 pm

Cameron said...

Ali, I agree with what you wrote here. This was a large part of the war that was not covered in the documentary. And while I do believe that adding it would have given us a more full image of the war, I am not sure if it would be necessary to cover this in the documentary.

I have attended graduation at the University of Richmond the last three years, watching friends of mine receive their diplomas. One of the most powerful parts of this ceremony is when those who have been in ROTC have their names called, as well as what position they will begin serving in, in the military. The whole crowd does claps, whistles, and demonstrates their support of this soldier. I have never heard anyone boo or become upset at this student for this, no matter their view. And I believe this is the case almost anywhere in America, that citizens respect the soldiers, even if we do not respect why the soldiers are fighting.

Supporting the soldiers is something that every, or almost every, American does. We recognize that these are Americans just like the rest of us, who have volunteered for these positions. I believe that it was because of this common feeling of support for these soldiers, that this topic was not included in the documentary. There is no debate and it is not a touchy subject, it is simply something that most Americans believe.

// 02/27/2012 at 8:41 pm