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Why We Fight (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : Arabic, English
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 90.72 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Item model number : 13894
- Director : Eugene Jarecki
- Media Format : Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, AC-3, Import, Closed-captioned, Dolby
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : June 27 2006
- Actors : Richard Perle, Chalmers Johnson, Charles Lewis, William Solomon, Wilton Sekzer
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French, Portuguese
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Producers : Susannah Shipman
- ASIN : B000FBH3W2
- Number of discs : 1
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Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, WHY WE FIGHT is an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. Granted unparalleled Pentagon access, the film launches a nonpartisan inquiry into the forces -- political, economic, and ideological -- that drive America to fight. Inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address in which he warned Americans about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex," filmmaker Jarecki ("The Trials of Henry Kissinger") weaves unforgettable stories of everyday Americans touched by war with commentary by a "who's who" of military and Washington insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and others, WHY WE FIGHT explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Eisenhower warned, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition --
Fans of Oliver Stone's J.F.K. will recognize the opening moments of writer-director Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight, in which outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower warns of the pernicious and growing influence of what he called the "military-industrial complex." But Stone's movie, which uses the same footage, was a work of fiction. While those who disagree with the decidedly leftist point of view in this documentary will probably consider it the product of paranoid liberal fantasy as well, there's enough credible material, much of it supplied by the targets of Jarecki's criticisms, to make Eisenhower look like a prophet and everyone else uneasy about the dark confluence of politics, money, and war that controls the country's fortunes. The message here is that while there may be some who sincerely believe that America's various military engagements (in Iraq, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and elsewhere) since World War II are the product of our God-given duty to spread freedom and halt the influence of evil ideologies around the world, the real reason we fight is that war is good business. This is hardly a bulletin; anyone who is surprised by allegations that politicians pander to defense contractors, or that Vice President Dick Cheney helped secure huge deals for Halliburton, the company he formerly headed, simply hasn't been paying attention (Politicians lie? How shocking!). In fact, the principal drawback to Jarecki's film is simply that there's nothing particularly revelatory or compelling about it. Only when he takes a personal approach does he go beyond the obvious; the story of a retired New York policeman and former Vietnam veteran whose son died in the World Trade Center, who wanted revenge, but who became seriously disillusioned when Bush admitted that the war in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, adds some much needed human interest. Still, Why We Fight, which includes a director's audio commentary track and a few other bonus features, serves as a grim reminder that the world's most powerful nation has strayed far from the principles of our founding fathers, a development that does not bode well for America's future. --Sam Graham
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Thanks are due to everyone who participated in the production, including those you might not expect to see, and some of the family of the late President/Allied Commander.
Exceptionally well-done. A must-see film.
President Eisenhower is the prophetic hero of this movie, when he predicted that, left to continue as it was, the Military Industrial Complex would take over the country and rule every decision (that's my paraphrasing, anyway). The sections of the doc detailing the history of this Complex, and America's involvement in various wars, is chilling and highly educational.
The film also follows the personal story of one retired cop whose son died in the Twin Towers. He talks about his anger, his thirst for revenge, and how he asked the US army to dedicate a bomb to be dropped on Irag to his son's memory - they sent him the photos and the details of where it landed. When President Bush finally, openly, said there was no connection whatsoever between Iraq and 9/11, the ex-cop's anger turns on the President, he can't believe he's been lied to. While it may have been obvious to the rest of the world (plenty of people I know predicted America would go after Iraq as soon as 9/11 happened, because it was the perfect time and a policy Bush senior had aimed for too), his story highlights how persuasive and censored the US news media is.
The film makers had access to the Pentagon, and interviewed people from both sides of the argument, as well as the two men who dropped the first bombs on Iraq and a scientist who fled Vietnam because of America's war and who now builds missiles for the US.
This film perfectly compliments others in the field. It is simply told (a kid in primary school could follow it) but this makes the whole sorry mess more accessible for understanding, and makes clear how confused the ordinary citizens of America really are, as the politicians take advantage of their grief after 9/11 and twist it to support their own agenda.
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If you wonder why America always seems to be involved in a war somewhere, either by proxy or directly, this film answers that question. The military must always justify its existence and their supply industry must always benefit from that.
More of us should pay attention- Democracy is not a spectator sport...and all it takes for evil to prosper is for those of good will to do nothing.....