Thursday, October 7, 2010

Human Heartbreak

The film hearts and minds was orally descriptive and visually graphic in reciting the events that took place during the war in Vietnam.  Interviews were heard that gave a voice for every different aspect that was experienced from political leaders, military officials, civilians, and the american public, Injured or lost families members from both sides. What I heard most from the interviews in the film was that the Americans did not really know what the war was about nor the troops that were sent out.  The impression that was made was that they were fighting a war against communisim.  What strikes me the most about not knowing why the war was taking place, was the fact the events taking place were publicly broadcasted for everyone to see.  Its heartbreaking to see that while all of America was watching  no-one in the film straight out said the notion,  that the ideology they were forcfully inflicting on a people was so contradicting to the issue at hand.   When in reality the vietnamese were fighting for the right to freedom and independece. Isn't that what America represents?  I think that the the film maker wanted to present that image to the viewer at least he did that for me, along with how many became obsessed with engaging a winning mentatility outside the realm with part of their eveyday day lives, like football games being coached with such conviction to win. Or the ignorance and denial being expressed with human need with the u. s soldeirs at the brothel abroad. Soldiers discriminated against the people catergorizing them a nooks and the enemy but had no problem sharing sexual intimate actes with them. At the same time the resentment of military officials that were pilots in the airforce expressing resentment after realizing that they participated in the genocide of a country.  Along with the ignorance of veterans returning home with the same dicriminatory attitude trying to justify their actions as a good loyal american soldier. It seems the whole operations is a state of confusion filled with lies, deciet and dissapointment for many.  For myself its difficult to watch but more heartbreaking to know that it actually happened and is still taking place now.  In our current war sitiation with Afghanistan we aren't as informed although I'm sure that alot of the same tragedies are occuring now as they did then. The public eye is just not as informed,  with a veil around the reality. It is said that human rights #1  is:  we are all born free and equal.  How can that be fought then justified? When will the value of a human being come before the need to overpower one?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Melissa - Interesting reflections - when we look more at the antiwar movement, we'll see that some people did make the connection you're describing - that to be on the side of what they'd been taught as American values was to oppose the war. And we saw in Zinn and the movie that Ho Chi Minh made this connection, hoping that the U.S. would support Vietnamese independence from the French.