posted on Nov, 5 2004 @ 09:36 AM
I honestly believe that the US media and Hollywood have a lot to do with Americans' perceived love of war.
In movies, war is absolutely glorified in Hollywood. Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Enemy at the Gates, the list goes on and on. The hero wins all
the time, no matter how insurmountable the odds.
In movies and on TV, you see the explosions but you DON'T see the resulting carnage. Just like the network news, you get to see the cool explosions,
the huge balls of fire and the debris shooting up into the air as the hero leaps away just in time.
What you don't see is the shattered bones, the flayed skin, the MILES of guts strewn about. You don't see the corpses lying on the battlefield,
bloated and maggot-infested. You don't see the lives destroyed, the family members who come by later to mop up the body of their loved one with a
mop and dustpan. The scores of dead innocents who happened to "get in the way" and become "collateral damage", like they're not even human
anymore, but a statistic, an "acceptable risk that is necessary to perform our objective".
It's cool to see a missile streak off into the night, a big American flag emblazoned on its' tail. What you never see is the target. You may see
it hit, on the news, but all you see is a building or a tank explode dramatically. You don't see the wet carnage it leaves behind, you don't see
the psychological effect it has, you don't see the absolutely insane destructive power unleashed in a millisecond on a "target".
I think that until you've experienced war, and SEEN the results (short-term and long-term), you don't really have a good handle on the reality of
it. The sights, the smells, the ever-present fear, the despair.
As cool and as technologically advanced as these weapons are, they are designed to destroy everything that they're aimed at, with no exceptions.
Europeans probably understand war better just because so many have been fought on their soil in the past and they have access to soooo many more
different points of view through the various media outlets across the continent.
My 2 pennies.