Shadows of War poem regarding how the Iraq changed the lives of many soldiers. Although this source is referencing the Iraq war, this can be applied to any war. It highlights that people see normal things that everyone else sees, but they are turned back into a negative experience due to PTSD. “A dog leaps playful, out of its owner's control, runs with the leash trailing among the shit-coils in the dirt -barking an echo of Abu Ghraib” (Shadows of War). Anything can end up bad just because that’s how PTSD works. In my opinion, I think this is a great poem that embodies what it’s like to go through a war. One of the largest problems with war today is the fact that veterans are affected with visions of the past. This poem really reaches out to those who have suffered.
The film American Sniper shows a great story that revolves around the idea of a soldier that was in the war in the Middle East. Chris Kyle is the soldiers name. The idea of the movie is that Chris Kyle was one of the most lethal snipers in American history. He was able to snipe many large targets which were insurgents to the US government. This film shows an in depth look at what war could of been like for people at home to experience. Also, I think the film does an amazing job at also showing that PTSD is a real issue that veterans face. When Chris comes back to the US he faces many challenges regarding his past, and has a hard time living happily. Regardless, the war scenes in the movie are directed extremely well and gives a real life view of what life was really like living the war. This movie is a great example of the war. Personally, I liked how the movie showed what war was really like. I think it showed just enough of the “real” war, that it will open people’s eyes to what’s really going on.
This podcast is all about the “background” of why the Iraq war started in the first place. The speaker, Ray McGovern, dives deep into his conspiracy theory revolving the Iraq war. Basically, majority of his theory is around the idea that the only reason the US started the Iraq war was to control the Middle East’s oil. And if the US had control over the Middle East’s oil, they would control a lot of money in the region, and have extra oil as well. I believe that this is a very unusual podcast because it does include some far fetched ideas of the war. All of this should probably be taken pretty lightly because there are 100s of theories out there about the war. Although, it does share a vast amount of information, that could seem accurate to some.
This source is another New York Times article which contains many different pictures from Iraq and Syria of families, and different types of people. The main photo is a picture of two Iraqi boys who are now begging for money after their homes were destroyed. There are also more images, which all contain children/families.These pictures definitely gives off an appeal to readers which makes the public see the war different. This could make people become anti-war since this appeals to emotion. I enjoyed this photo journalism because it shows readers a good idea of what can happen in the aftermath of the war. It’s also pretty graphic, so these photos have the ability to open the readers eyes.
This source outlines what life was like after the war for the Iraqi people. As the article explains, the attitude of this is rather negative since the entire country of Iraq seemed to crumble, with the entire population struggling to get back up. The people are also fed up with their government as they claim nothing had changed, and the government has done virtually nothing to help the people. People that were voted into government (2010) still hadn’t figured out what direction to put the government into after six months of being in office. There are interviews with different Iraqi citizens, with the most common complaint being of dirty water and poor electricity. The main idea of this article circulates around the idea that no one knew what was going to happen to the country after the Americans left. I think this is a great informational article that gives out a different side of information that the media possibly wouldn’t cover. This article personally is relative to me because I had a good friend that was in the Iraq war, and he had previously explained to me that it was going to take years for Iraq to return as a functionable country again.
This article gives an in depth look at where US troops are around the world, especially the Middle East and Asia. The US has troops in nearly every country, with over 240,000 active personnel scattered around the globe. An interesting fact is that nearly 40,000 US soldiers are in areas of the world described as “unknown” and are basically on secret assignments. There is also starting to be more and more troops in the continent of Africa as this area is starting to be surrounded with more and more conflicts with different enemy groups. Majority of US troops are stationed in places where terrorism is more common, which is why soldiers are needed in the first place. It will be interesting to see what new policies come into place with President Trump as president surrounding troops in the Middle East and Africa. This makes a very strong argument as to why there are so many soldiers stationed around the world in the first place. I think this opinion article is great, but you can definitely tell of the bias because it is an article that’s made by the New York Times which tends to lean left on the left-right spectrum. Although, it is an opinion article after all that gives lots of information and valuable statistics.