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Why We Fight by Jarecki, Eugene

A documentary that examines America's policies regarding making war, most recently the Iraq war and what is termed pre-emptive strikes (The Bush-doctrine). The author, Eugene Jarecki, suggests that this policy has been in the works for many years, reviewing past wars in the 20th century. A variety of individuals are asked "Why We Fight?" with, predictably, a variety of answers. This is followed by a look at today's U.S. military/industrial complex via interviews with individuals involved with it.

Social interest
For all those interested in understanding a little better the motives behind wars in the last 60 years, this documentary will show you different points of view about "why we fight" (the original title of a series of US military propaganda films of the past). In the meantime, the film presents a lot of facts backing up the presumption that Capitalism is winning over Democracy.

Historic Interest
Why We Fight is the title of a series of propaganda films that Frank Capra began making in 1942, with the aim of encouraging the American war effort against Nazism. Director Eugene Jarecki has used the films as a commentary on the contemporary obsession of the American elite with military power. He also harks back to a speech by President Eisenhower, who, just before he left office, referred to the "military-industrial complex". Eisenhower was worried that too much intelligence, and too much business acumen in America, had become focussed on the production of unnecessary weapons systems.

Political interest
Director Eugene Jarecki argues that since Eisenhower's time, the US military complex has become completely intertwined with the American Economy. As a result American politics is often motivated by Military enterprises instead of vice-versa. The war in Iraq, Jarecki describes, was made possible by a new range of weapons systems. Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director
Jarecki, Eugene
Copyright Holder
BBC
Duration
100 min.
Year of release
2005
Language
English

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