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The Americanization of Emily – “War is not moral” clip


Published on May 29, 2011

Charlie Madison: I don’t trust people who make bitter reflections about war, Mrs. Barham. It’s always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a Hell it is. And it’s always the widows who lead the Memorial Day parades . . . we shall never end wars, Mrs. Barham, by blaming it on ministers and generals or warmongering imperialists or all the other banal bogies. It’s the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers; the rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widows’ weeds like nuns and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices….

My brother died at Anzio — an everyday soldier’s death, no special heroism involved. They buried what pieces they found of him. But my mother insists he died a brave death and pretends to be very proud. . . . [N]ow my other brother can’t wait to reach enlistment age. That’ll be in September. May be ministers and generals who blunder us into wars, but the least the rest of us can do is to resist honoring the institution. What has my mother got for pretending bravery was admirable? She’s under constant sedation and terrified she may wake up one morning and find her last son has run off to be brave.

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5 Responses to The Americanization of Emily – “War is not moral” clip

  1. A Carr says:

    Heartbreaking. Very well said. Thanks for sharing.

  2. charles walker says:

    https://www.expressjetpilots.com/threads/happy-veterans-day.57065/

    Posted right under the nose of a thousand glaring war mongers. Its valentines day to them.

  3. Bluwater says:

    The movie was a bit odd to me. Then Garner’s last lines in that scene put it all in perspective.

    How poignant; Just as other countries prepare for war as DC and Israel blow the trumpets for another era of senseless destruction.

  4. Remnant says:

    It’s psychological warfare pulling at the heartstrings of the American peoples.

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