Keep rockin’ in the free world

Went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 after a day of sightseeing in Chinatown. An entertaining movie, with Moore’s trademark deadpan humour and fast cuts. The beginning was a bit unfocused, especially with a few decidedly cheap shots. It’s when the movie reaches past the one hour mark that its thesis is found; war is waged to profit the wealthy at the expense of the poor and disenfranchised.

As Michael Moore quotes from George Orwell’s 1984:

“It does not matter if the war is not real. For when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous…A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance…war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or east Asia but to keep the very structure of society intact.”

When you see the infomercials hawking “anti-terror” equipment, or the mother of a killed U.S. soldier being heckled in front of the White House, this isn’t about politics, it’s about money. Those who dare argue against the Patriot Act or the Second Iraq War aren’t against the men and women in uniform – they’re against the concept of war itself.

As we came down the escalator, a girl behind us was telling her friend that F911 made her feel the same way when she rented Bowling for Columbine. “It makes my blood boil,” she said. “I mean, why do these things have to happen? God, why?”

Regardless of your political leanings, there can be no denying that there are too many unanswered questions, too many conflicts of interest, far too much evidence of deception, and a growing amount of maimed and killed human beings. Why indeed.