Do We Need Kids’ Shows About War?

❝ For family entertainment, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is remarkably complex. The animated Disney show is about military strategy, chain-of-command, civil-military relations, diplomacy and statecraft.

More importantly, it’s about wartime ethics.

❝ What constitutes acceptable losses in battle? Would you torture a prisoner if you thought it would help save your friends? Should you obey the orders of a commander you believe to be reckless and unethical? And how do you even define victory?

I’ve talked to friends who were slightly taken aback by the frankness with which the show depicts violence and death. Kids watch this show. And it’s a good thing they do.

❝ 2018 will be the first year that Americans born after 9/11 will be able to join the U.S. military. It’s far past time that Americans began having some frank conversations with their children about America’s wars. A show like The Clone Wars can help.

Lots of worthwhile conversation can flow from this article. Or not.

Through my decades of political activism, one form or another, I’ve had to realize time and again it’s better to move discussion, facts and feelings out into the open. That presumes an open and free society where you needn’t worry about recrimination. I’m not certain where that might be. Having lived through McCarthyism and COINTELPRO it certainly isn’t the GOUSA. But, you try, anyway.

One thought on “Do We Need Kids’ Shows About War?

  1. BMO says:

    “The Captain” (German: Der Hauptmann) 2017. German drama film that tells the story of German war criminal Willi Herold, a deserter who assumed a stolen identity as a German officer and orchestrated the killing of deserters and other prisoners at one of the Emslandlager camps. Official trailer (2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LANyo2O40lM
    “The Bridge” (German Die Brücke) 1959. “In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.” Based on an actual event and the personal report of a surviving veteran who in his own youth experienced a similar situation. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyF6Wx2Z2h0
    “My Way” (마이웨이) is a 2011 South Korean war film inspired by the true story of a Korean named Yang Kyoungjong who was captured by the Americans on D-Day …after having been conscripted in the Japanese Imperial Army, the Red Army and finally the Wehrmacht. Official trailer (English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhP0SvFHwb8 Photo: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hf8Qwjs46X0/We7Evtu2nDI/AAAAAAAAOc4/9xKfPzehMJw8B6bun6IzEm-rr7-WhEM6QCLcBGAs/s1600/Yang_Kyoungjong.jpg (click to enlarge)

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