No money down, but the payments go on forever. The
people who win are the bankers and the contractors. We make
it easy to get in. But like herpes and condominiums, it is
hard to get rid of.
In Starship Troopers, the planet Earth is ambushed
by an enemy, but ultimately wins the war decisively. This is
done with just the right combination of patriotism, leadership,
righteousness, brainpower, and brute force.
At the time it was
written, it was clearly a symbolic representation of World War II, an
allegory for Just War. It was later made into a popular movie. By then, it could
seen as the PNAC vision for the Iraq War…
When I was in my mid-teens, old
enough to think
about the prospect of
being drafted (even though the draft
had just ended), my favorite book was The
Forever War (1974). It was written by a guy (Joe
Haldeman) who actually fought in Viet Nam.
He was drafted, ended up being awarded the Purple Heart.
In The Forever War, the war went on and on and on,
not quite forever,
but for generations. The people of Earth had brainpower and
technology and an incredible will to fight. The soldiers were
just a little bit dehumanized. It was
clearly a representation of the Viet Nam war, and it turned out to be
an accurate prediction of how the Iraq War would turn out. It
is an allegory for Senseless War.
cartoon, by Mike Luckovich, can be viewed as a symbolic representation
of the proposed Iran War. There are many parallels with the
housing crisis: catastrophic, long-term results, shifting of wealth
from poor to rich, betrayal by institutions that purport to be
trustworthy, consequences of malfeasance and a lack of transparency,
overt deceit, governmental complicity…
It is time for someone to make a movie of The Forever War.