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Need an argumentative essay on Chris Hedges book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Needs to be 2 pages. Please no plagiarism.Chris Hedges’ book War is a Force that Gives Us MeaningIn chapter one
Need an argumentative essay on Chris Hedges book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Needs to be 2 pages. Please no plagiarism.
Chris Hedges’ book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
In chapter one, Hedges discusses the first war in the Gulf in 1990. He talks about the ways the U.S. military lied, giving the example of the Saudi troops who surrendered and fled the Iraqis rather than fight. The U.S. military reported that those Saudis stayed and fought, which all the reporters who witnessed the battle knew to be a complete lie, and yet no one in the press called them out on the lie. (23) Hedges says this is part of the “potency of myth” and something that “allows us to make sense of mayhem and violent death” (23). But if it is a lie, do we really understand the true reasons for the battle dead? Isn’t the true reason for war something far less noble, such our own country’s interests in oil and money? I do not understand how Hedges cannot dissuade us from so many wars and so many dead for such selfish and immoral reasons. Does he think we simply cannot handle the fact our elected leaders would do such a thing, so we need to give it a noble reason? To me, that is still a war fought on a lie, and is therefore unjust.
One thing I think I can agree with him on comes in chapter two when he talks about how illogical it is that wars are waged in a very black and white way, with one side being all good and one side being all bad. He tells the story of a Muslim man named Fejzic and his Serbian neighbors, the Soraks.