Let it be said, I’m not going to review all movies I watch. I’m not a pop culture guru. However, every once in a while I find one thought provoking enough to have a discussion about. ‘Body of Lies’ is one of those movies. This isn’t even a movie review, but these are some points I got from the movie:
- Body of Lies did a great job showing the REALITY of the problems not only causing strain with America but also Europe with the Middle East.
- There really are people out there who hate the West and everything it stands for. It is partly due to religious extremism, but I think more so an Arab longing for traditionalism. Without a doubt I support every culture’s grasps for traditionalism and their desires for identity. I can appreciate having to kill or die for ones convictions. However, I do not think murdering civilians and other terrorist tactics are a good way to gain support for any cause. Bombings, kidnappings, and torture are not convincing arguments. While many in the region search for traditionalism, they don’t all hate the West nor want it destroyed.
- Most people of the Middle East try to be good people and don’t condone violence but call instead for peaceful protests.
- There are good soldiers who think they are protecting America and would give their lives for that cause. Although, I can hardly see how many of NATO’s actions in the region are doing anything to protect a county whose borders are as porous as ours. The way to protect America is to keep those people out who seek to come here to harm us (i.e. better border control and immigration policies). Another good plan is to stop invoking violent acts of resistance from a people that would otherwise not give a damn about us.
- There are American leaders who sit in comfort at home with their wives and families who make war decisions without having to see the horrors of war or the often bloody results of their decisions. Meanwhile, the soldiers on the ground over there get blown to pieces or some back with PTSD. Now the awful effects of war have reached thousands of households in America.
- Many cities in the Mideast are much more westernized and modern than we expect or are aware of. In fact the worlds new tallest building is currently under construction in the United Arab Emirates.
I’m not sure how much longer this war will continue, but one thing that is for sure is the social ramifications of our decisions will be debated for many more years to come. America made the same mistake in Iraq/Afghanistan as in Vietnam. Our leaders did not take the time to get to know the cultures of the regions. Obviously the culture in Southeast Asia and the Mideast are very different than our own. We basically went to war blind. In my opinion this is probably one of the reasons the war has turned out the way it is today. It is hard to fight an unknown enemy.