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Why we fight

This past week I watched a DVD entitled “Why We Fight” which is a serious look at the anatomy of American war making. This is a non partisan inquiry into the forces; political, economic and ideological, that drives America’s war machine. It is based upon President Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell Address, where he warned Americans about the dangers of the Military-Industrial complex. This Sundance Film Festival award winner illustrates not only the present danger we face from this unholy alliance of big business and politicians bent on war profits, but, more importantly, what an apathetic American citizenry can and will wreak upon itself if it chooses to remain silent.

I believe every high school teacher of Senior American Government/Economics should be required to share this film with their students and should require them to analyze, write, think, deliberate and debate this sobering movie, including it’s special features section.

As a school administrator and proud former Marine, I feel it would be a serious dis-service to young people not to give them the opportunity to view this film and intellectually question the difference between the defense of this nation and the outright irresponsible militaristic nation building that we are engaged in today.



Joe D’Andrea

Penn Valley


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