There has been quite a bit of talk about whether Ken Burns’s documentary on WWII is meant as commentary on the ongoing war in Iraq. I don’t claim any insight into the intentions of Burns nor do I really care. That said, it was hard watching last night’s episode and the focus on the home front without thinking of the present situation. Yes, the images and commentary of rationing and the collecting of grease was predictable, but what did stand out was the close connection between the talk of sacrifice and the corresponding actions. We’ve heard our own president talk about long-term sacrifice, but apart from the men and women on the ground (some on their third and fourth tours of duty) and their families where have we seen sacrifice on the home front? How bad is it? Our president had an opportunity to rally the country and the world in his address at the UN the other day and all he can talk about is the problem in Myanmar.
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