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Ken Burns Documentary: The War

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the first three episodes.

What strikes me is the way Ken has personalized the war. Relatives reading letters written by American boys fighting on foreign land. It’s their voices. You hear their sorrow and loss. No longer is it just dead soldiers. It’s neighbors, brothers and sons. Lost.

Juxtapose this with the solitary, sad melodies (solo piano or violin) and actual war footage…

Hospitals are really trenches cut in the raw earth with no sanitation…

Hiding in pits you’ve dug, as they end up your own grave…

And the telegrams your family receives.

Frankly, it is upsetting. It dredged up those memories I have of losing a dear loved one. And it’s also reminded me exactly what’s going on in Iraq right now. Neighbors are dying. People that just may impact your life for the better are dying.

I salute Mr. Burns for his effort in spotlighting the truth of war.

I implore all my Politics Forum compatriots to watch this. To glean a new or rekindle an old perspective may just be a good thing. Thank you.

I’ve been seeing bits and pieces of it. Good stuff…