Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil
Last year in March Dr. Stuart Bramhall published a Film Review by Adam Curtis (BBC).
At the moment I was mostly interest in what it said about Good vs Evil. I copy it here:
“Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil
Like Ronald Reagan, George W Bush attempted to reduce the US role in Afghanistan to a simple battle of good vs evil. The political reality was far more complex. US and Saudi intervention during the Soviet occupation brought corrupt warlords to power who supported their fiefdoms through Afghanistan’s heroin trade.
The Taliban, consisting mainly of Afghan orphans raised in Pakistani Madrassa, were primarily driven by a desire to end the heroin trade and this endemic corruption, which they (rightly) blamed on the interference of western imperialists in their country’s domestic affairs.”
A simple battle of good vs evil? Certainly not. I think it still has not become clear to us what is at spiel. It still is not simple, on the contrary, it seems to become more and more complicated. See here:
Brexit,Trump, Syria and the Fabricated War on Terror
I reblogged the avove!
Yesterday, Peter and I went to see the ‘The Railwnay Man‘ at the Dendy Cinemas at the Quay, Sydney Harbour.
This movie is based on the best selling book by Eric Lomax. Colin Firth plays the older Eric Lomax and Jeremy Irvine is in the role of the young one who got captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and sent with his mates to the notorious ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand.
Patti Lomax (Nicole Kidman) turns out to be a wonderfully supportive wife of the older Eric. Eric, as a 21 year old, is a British Signals Engineer and railway enthusiast. And of course he is in the British Army. The film depicts the sufferings that war veterans undergo even decades after the events. The sufferings occur on both sides, the oppressed as well as the oppressors. It shows the absolute trauma that wars can inflict on the participants. It also shows how sufferings can be abbreviated by enemies becoming friends.
This movie was psychologically quite challenging. The torture scenes were immensely distressing, however necessary to understand the full impact of the sufferings these people had to go through; and not just in a physical but all over in a psychological sense as well.
The acting all around was truly first class. Jonathan Teplitzky created a very powerful film with ‘The Railway Man’ with an elite cast. And it is based on a true story!
The DENDY CINEMAS are going to show soon ‘The Book Thief’. This movie we definitely want to see as well. This is another story going back some seventy years.
It was great to be out in Sydney yesterday on a beautiful warm summer’s day. Since it was Sunday, I went to the 7,30 am Mass. The Epiphany was celebrated a day early. Peter picked me up after Mass, and we went to do half an hour’s shopping. We picked up a lot of bananas and some stone fruit among a few other things. At 10,29 we caught the train to Sydney. The movie started at 2 pm. That gave us a bit of time to enjoy the wonderful summer Sunday around Sydney harbour. Peter took a lot of pictures and I took only a few. Here now are some of the pictures.