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Letter: Our country has become war and weapons machine

Our country has become war and weapons machine

A movie called “12 Strong” opens this week. It’s about a special forces team that works with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban after Sept. 11. Give me a break. There is so much wrong with this movie we should be ashamed it not only made it to the screen but people will pay to sit through it.

I assume the hero wins in 2 hours and 10 minutes, which is more than we can say about this 16-year-old “war,” which looks like it doesn’t have an ending. The military industrial complex has soaked the taxpayers for billions of dollars in Afghanistan so it’s consistent that the industry reap the profits and the hero is reduced to riding a horse. And I hope the hero doesn’t get hurt because the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz was bombed by the U.S. back in 2015.

This piece of propaganda is another cheap attempt to normalize what our country has become – a war and weapons machine. Just like the superpowers of the past, from Rome to Russia, all the weapons and surveillance developed to fight our enemies is now being brought home to use on U.S. citizens, from drones to warrantless searches.

Over 20,000 Afghan civilians (collateral damage?) have died and you’d have a hard time convincing me that most of them could find Manhattan on a map, which brings us to the biggest lie of this film. If the producers were really intent on picking the 9/11 scab again, this movie should have been shot in Saudi Arabia, not Afghanistan.

Phil Parshall

Amherst

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