On Militarism, by Way of the Newest Offering from Class War Films
(Warning: the opening photos are disturbing and gratuitously graphic. Given that, if you click the video on, close your eyes and wait until you hear the end of this sentence on the meaning of ‘cancer:’ ‘A voracious, wildly self-replicating cell mass that feeds on and devours its host … if not identified, attacked, and destroyed, it will consume that body, and destroy it.)’
This is ‘Military Cancer.’
From Paul Edward:
Lanny Cotler and I lived the 60s. He was involved in the Berkeley Free Speech dust-up and I was Bobby Kennedy’s film crew director to the end in L.A. We were both in Vietnam, he in State and I for CARE, and saw that debacle in all its hideous depth. We were radicalized then, and it only deepened and matured over the decades of Nixon, Reagan, Clinton et al. The insane response to 911 under Bush and the congealing of Congress into an American Reichstag pushed us both into a sense that whatever we could do, however slight, we simply had to do.
Blogging seemed less than satisfying and we decided to use our expertise in film, which is considerable, to create a vehicle that would have the muscle and chops to get to a wider audience faster and better than prose alone. Lanny and I are the unit, along with my son who is an Internet entrepreneur.
Class War Films’ manifesto is here.
Those among you who are historians may have some objections to some of the claims; others may see it possible to have a standing military without looking for reasons to employ it, and if so, under which strict guidelines. One day we’ll hopefully need to weigh in on that issue, so think about it, and comment at will. I have quibbles with some of the stats, but they’re not altogether relevant.
You will have recognized the narrator’s voice if you’ve watched ‘Let your life be a friction to stop The Machine.’ They also produced ‘Political fraud;’ great graphics accompany a strike at US propaganda and American mythology, including ‘democracy by electoral choice.’ Yes, the film will be preaching to the choir here by and large.
For me, the narrative is a bit too hyperbolic, but that might be a useful device as a wake-up call for those who don’t see the many frauds being perpetrated upon an unwitting population daily. ‘Stupid’ isn’t the only reason people believe the propaganda, in my opinion, but that’s another subject too long for this post. But the ending does offer hope, unlike the previous film.
I’d like to add some bits from John Pilger’s From Hiroshima to Syria, the Enemy Whose Name We Dare Not Speak’, as it speaks well to our present situation in so many ways:
On my wall is the front page of Daily Express of September 5, 1945, and the words: ‘I write this as a warning to the world.’ So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied the US occupation authorities, Burchett was pilloried, not least by his embedded colleagues. He warned that an act of premeditated mass murder on an epic scale had launched a new era of terror.
Almost every day now, he is vindicated. The intrinsic criminality of the atomic bombing is borne out in the US National Archives and by the subsequent decades of militarism camouflaged as democracy. The Syria psychodrama exemplifies this. Yet again, we are held hostage to the prospect of a terrorism whose nature and history even the most liberal critics still deny. The great unmentionable is that humanity’s most dangerous enemy resides across the Atlantic. [snip]
The repetitive debate about whether ‘we’ should ‘take action’ against selected dictators (i.e. cheer on the US and its acolytes in yet another aerial killing spree) is part of our brainwashing. Richard Falk, emeritus professor of international law and UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, describes it as ‘a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of Western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence.’ This ‘is so widely accepted as to be virtually unchallengeable.’
It is the biggest lie: the product of ‘liberal realists’ in Anglo-American politics, scholarship and the media who ordain themselves as the world’s crisis managers, rather than the cause of a crisis. Stripping humanity from the study of nations and congealing it with jargon that serves western power designs, they mark ‘failed,’ ‘rogue’ or ‘evil’ states for ‘humanitarian intervention.’ (read more here)
‘To create a humane future, our dead system must be resisted, rejected, buried, and replaced. It is the only way toward a future in which the role of government is the defense and the nurture of all life, and of man as a part of it. As Che said, ‘Let us be realists; let us do the impossible’.”
And as David Swanson said, ‘The other Superpower that is winning is The People of the world.” Yes, there are more issues at stake than just rejecting war with Syria, but it’s a great start. The Seeds of Truth are sprouting rapidly, as more and more government lies are being exposed as Sunight is brought to bear on them. Tyrrany by conjoined corporate/governmental corruption is afraid for its life now, and it’s getting more desperate all the time, making mistakes by overplaying its hand in its haste to reassert control. Let’s make our lives The Friction to Stop the Machine in all its guises as we can.
Don’t be a victim; unless you believe in reincarnation, you only have one shot at life.
~ Saul Landau*
cross-posted at Cafe-Babylon.net