War Culture

If there’s one thing the United States excels in, it’s monuments.

Today we saw the Iwo Jima statue, named the Marine Corps War Memorial. The statue itself is a 3D representation of the famous picture that emerged during WWII. Engraved on the base of the memorial are the names and dates of every engagement carried out by the Marine Corps.

America has been in a lot of wars.

Of course that’s not to say that other countries are usually free from conflict, but the concept of war in the States, like so many other things, has it’s own unique connotations. Americans romanticize war, they study it, commemorate and condemn it. War has been deeply assimilated in American culture. Books, movies, museums and memorials on war are all a strong part of this nation.

That’s not to say that Americans are against peace. It’s clear from the past decade or so that many Americans are fed up with policing the world. So many social and economic issues are cropping up that the government shouldn’t be focusing so much on foreign issues.

It also makes me understand why so many Americans are uneducated and indifferent to the situation of the world. This country is so big, it’s history so expansive and the issues so numerous that it’s difficult for anyone to keep up with it all.

I guess that’s the beauty of war monuments. It’s a reminder of the past, a testament to how much was sacrificed for the present life.

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2 thoughts on “War Culture

  1. What is your opinion on the role of the US as “world policeman” and our involvement in all these wars? Do you think we have a responsibility to other countries? Do you think that all these wars and our extensive involvement were conducted under an honest and well intentioned motivation or were we only using this image as a guise for more selfish reasons? I’m interested to see what your perspective is on the US as the world cop.

    • Hey Sarah!
      First off, I’m sorry for replying so late!
      I can certainly see the brilliance in American involvement in different conflicts and issues around the world. It’s strengthens your position and helps further your interests as a nation. While others may resent that, I’m sure they would want the same for their own countries. I know I would for Libya.
      I think the motives are partly honest, but also in part for national interests. Which, again, makes perfect sense. No nation is just kind simply for the sake of being kind.

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