“Amy, I’m pissed off. I am angry. I am—I see how the American public is being confused, lied to, and given theater, to make us buy that war is the way to have peace”
Acclaimed Filmmaker Haskell Wexler, September 12, 2014
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers time travel, Tralfamadorians, and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which slaughtered tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Here he reads an excerpt from the book.
Next time you have dark thoughts about the human condition, remember there are still people like Layla around. Check out MAG’s short portrait of a graceful young Lebanese woman whose job is to remove countless landmines and cluster bombs.
Lieutenant Schiesskopf was an R.O.T.C. graduate who was rather glad war had broken out, since it gave him the opportunity to wear an officer’s uniform every day and say “Men” in a clipped, military voice to the bunches of kids who fell into his clutches every eight weeks on their way to the butcher’s block.”
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
The conversations between former President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger remain an enlightening testament to the civilized world. The following is a passage from Daniel Ellsberg’s A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002):
NIXON: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?
KISSINGER: About 200,000 people.
NIXON: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
KISSINGER: That, I think, would just be too much.
NIXON: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?….I just want you to think big, Henry, for Chrissakes.”
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The surprise story of America’s drone proliferation may be the toll it takes on drone pilots. Molleindustria explores this in Unmanned, a brilliant online video game that depicts a “day in the life of a drone pilot.”
August 2013. A group of Laotian boys come across a metal ball, toss it around & then try to cut it open. Explosion. The boys are struck by the shards of jagged steel from the cluster bomblet. A boy named Khe is dead. Two younger friends seriously wounded.
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. A report on Syrian child war refugees via the pop kitsch of Japanese girl band Girl Generation.