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Forum Post: "THE GROUND TRUTH" ; The Human Cost Of War - Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth ... ((VIDEO))

Posted 2 years ago on March 19, 2012, 9:37 a.m. EST by shadz66 (19985)
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"THE GROUND TRUTH" : The Human Cost Of War.

Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth ...

In the opening scenes of Patricia Foulkrod's powerful documentary, we're introduced to a number of young soldiers who speak candidly and powerfully about the motivations that led them to join the military. As their stories unfold, we hear their surprised reactions to boot camp and combat training as they were taught to dehumanize their enemy, to "kill hadjis and ragheads."

"The Ground Truth" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ground_Truth ) - is a documentary film, that should be watched by everyone who has a friend, relative or loved one who's served - or is about to serve - in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Video - Runtime 78 Minutes) : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15319.htm .

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fiat pax ...

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[-] 3 points by ThunderclapNewman (1083) from Nanty Glo, PA 2 years ago

This should be required viewing by everyone prior to high school graduation. I realize that many see enlistment in the armed sevices as a way forward toward a career path, but the full cost of such a decision needs to be known. Actual combat isn't anything like the "video game" version. Thanks for posting this link, shadz.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28252) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

For a full education and a shot at making a sound life decision.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20913) 2 years ago

Thanks for the video, shadz66. It's nice to hear the soldiers speaking for themselves.

Some quotes from this very interesting documentary:

"To us there really was no mission. The mission was just get this crap over with and go home."

"I've been on over 150 combat missions and on most of those missions, they had no purpose."

"I’m disabled for life."

"I go from being a hero to a monster."

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Thanx 'bw' & a "Trailer" can be viewed here : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446345/. fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

the human mind functions by association of accumulated knowledge and experience

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Perhaps 'MattH' at its best it can but for an insight into the flip side of that :

spero meliora ...

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28252) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

War is truly ugly. This is what is rarely shown. By the media or in movies. It is all represented as blood and guts glory. This is a very bad twisting of the truth.

Thanks for posting something that shows a bit of the reality.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Thanx for sharing grace & further alas :

e tenebris ...

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (28252) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thanks for the links. When I was in school ( middle school at the time ) I was taught about all of the wars reasons for and what not, but I had to find historic film records for myself they were not shown in class. I saw captured Nazi war footage of the death camps, I saw media footage from combat journalists of the dead along the roadways of a march, the dead of a town blown down by heavy weapons and bombs.

These graphic images - I had to find.

This is not proper education to lead to a more peaceful world.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Also 'DKAt', with a strong mind - perhaps also see :

caveat et ... shudder :-(