CBC aired the award winning documentary No End in Sight last night. I caught an advertisement for it early in the day, and I just couldn’t wait to see it. Watching this documentary was probably one of the most heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and horrific experiences I have ever had. The documentary bears witness to the arrogance and incompetence of the Bush administration as most of us watch Iraq descend into anarchy on TV. I was shocked to hear the tales of the people who put their hearts and minds into planning the re-construction and re-habilitation of Iraq, and how their well-laid plans were tossed aside for the vision of a few ignorant and untrained buzzards hovering around the white house.
This film was a very disturbing trip down the rabbit hole and into the minds of the madmen at the helm of the most powerful nation on Earth. To learn how these few men ignored the advice of the intelligence community, and other experts in the field of national re-construction is absolutely appalling. I am left wondering how Americans at large can simply ignore such a horrific truth. What I realized after watching this film is that we are all to blame, especially the American public; those of us that have done what we can to protest and prevent this malicious war of ignorance and greed have been left broken hearted by the masses who are to ignorant, confused or just plain un-caring to stand up and fight for truth and justice.
Growing up as a child of parents who lived in the 1960’s I was regaled with tales of the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement, which incited riots and protests across the U.S. This film really made me wonder where that same passion and conviction which swept up a generation was today? How is it that the generation which fought so vehemently for peace back then has failed so miserably to pass on those same values and passion to their children?
Perhaps we are just content now, with our Mercedes and Hummers, content to drive them in ignorance of how they are fueled by the blood of innocent Iraqis. Perhaps we are content to be inundated with useless media, masking the truth behind what Paris Hilton did on the weekend. Perhaps we are content to allow a liar and a cheat to desecrate the oval office with his ignorance and malaise? Perhaps we are just content to sit back and watch the world destroy itself while we all watch on CNN? For the sake of all of us, I hope not!
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