There is a song from the 70s that contains the line “…the big wheel keeps on turning, turin..”. Has any one noticed that the big wheel has turned?
Now all the war movies are about Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror. When I grew up in the 60s 70s and beyond first they were all about WWII and the Cold War then later Korea and Vietnam.
It occurs to me looking back from my perch at 66 that just as a good novel has to have a good narrative so does the American lifestyle.
The new narrative had to be created because for one thing almost all of if not all the people who sacrificed or lived through the past narrative (ie. WWII etc.) have passed on or have become unimportant to the powers that be.
And so a “new Peral Harbor” need to be created. This was a major task of PNAC, “The Project For a New American Century”. But the powers that be got a shock because the new mass of people was too well educated for the most part to just run and enlist as those did in the WWII era.
But the powers that be got a shock because the new mass of people was too well educated for the most part to just run and enlist as those did in the WWII era.
Still, a new narrative had to be created, so the war in Iraq and now the on going war in Afganistan was started and continues. This may not be a bad thing because it gives us all American’s at least a focal point other than the simple improvement of mankind to attach to.
I mean war and the thrill of the battles for good over evil in and with the instruments of war is way more interesting, in the mind at least, than just carving out a path to solve real problems like starvation, education, and so on.
And on it goes, the big wheel turns and another generation of young people goes down the road of war and hate and conflict.
Which brings another line to mind “…when will they ever learn, when will they…ever learn? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind the answer is blowing in the wind….”.