Why We Fight

Earlier this evening I went to see Why We Fight, a documentary by Eugene Jarecki which apparently won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

It was excellent, and clearly demonstrated the build-up of the “military-industrial complex” since the end of the Second World War (as forewarned by Dwight D. Eisenhower in his outgoing Presidential address), and culminating in the enormous U.S. arms industry and lobby that is the driving force behind the aggressive American military imperialism of the early 21st Century.

As one commentator notes, when you have a defence industry that’s worth $3/4 trillion dollars annually and that makes profits of 25%, you’re going to see a lot more wars.

Highly recommended — if you live in New York, it’s showing at the Angelika Film Centre until this Thursday.

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