It corrupts nearly everyone. And some of the most important cheerleaders of the cause are the reporters. But the plague of nationalism was resurrected during the Reagan years.
The lines between real entertainment and political entertainment blur and finally vanish.
The frenzy of the crowd is overpowering. I was told to sign a paper that said I would abide by the severe restrictions placed on the press by the U.
And the press has usually been more than willing to play the dupe as long as the ratings are good. They would not survive if they did.
Many of us, restless and unfulfilled, see no supreme worth in our lives. It gives us resolve, a cause. Organized killing is done best by a disciplined, professional army.
Many of those who set out to write their memoirs, or speak about the war, do so with shame. But I think it is the moral duty of every person to understand the evils perpetrated during war. Nationalist and ethnic conflicts are often myths sustained by absurdities and almost imperceptible nuances within society: But even then it is it reacting to a public that has changed its perception of war.
Without warning the hard man punched the victim on the side of his face and pushed him to the ground - a completely unprovoked assault right in front of my eyes. But war is a god, as the ancient Greeks and Romans knew, and its worship demands human sacrifice. The advent of photography and film did little to alter the incentive to boost morale, for the lie in war is almost always the lie of omission.
These dissidents are the most dangerous. In Jordan, children learn that Christians are "infidels" who "must be forced into submission," that the Jewish Torah is "perverted," and that Jews have only "their own evil practices" to blame for the Holocaust.
It allows us to believe we have achieved our place in human society because of a long chain of heroic endeavors, rather than accept the sad reality that we stumble along a dimly lit corridor of disasters.
The story came from a fifteen-year-old Kuwaiti who identified herself only as "Nayirah" when she tearfully testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October I0, These dissidents are the most dangerous.
Each generation again responds to war as innocents. War's utter depravity was captured in Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida, a work that as far as is known was never performed in Shakespeare's lifetime, perhaps due to its savage indictment of war and human society.
Nearly every figure in the play, including Ulysses, lies to and tries to manipulate those around him: that is the trait of most leaders, no matter what political agenda they espouse.
war is a force that gives us meaning by Chris Hedges Chapters Reading Room 1. the myth of war 2. the plague of nationalism 3. the destruction of culture 4. the seduction of battle & the perversion of war 5.
the hijacking & recovery of memory 6. the cause 7. eros & thanatos (*) special sections on war. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning Quotes (showing of 25) “There are always people willing to commit unspeakable human atrocity in exchange for a little power and privilege.” ― Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.
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