What happened was tragic.
Tonight my roommates and I watched 13 Hours, the movie that depicts what happened in Benghazi. The film is really well made and I almost didn’t have enough time to write this post because I was too busy watching it. What happened was tragic. It really puts in perspective how lucky we are to live in a stable country and how tumultuous the politics are in the Middle East.
This movie did one thing that I wasn’t expecting to be so well done. It really showed how little we tell our soldiers before they go to a war zone. I’ve ever been for war, but I respect and honor those who’ve fought and I believe our government has a duty to be more informative to the soldiers on the ground. One of the main characters Jack Silva, played by John Krasinski, even says,
“What would they say about me? “He died in a place he didn’t need to be, in a battle over something he doesn’t understand, in a country that meant nothing to him.”
The soldiers who died in this movie had no idea what exactly they were dying for, who killed them, or what they were killing them for. The chief is very arrogant towards the soldiers, not giving them any details, just a cold shouldered shrug saying they didn’t need them. In the end we see Arab woman crying at the sight of their dead family members, only left with this horrific impression of how terrible we are, thinking their family died in vain.
What everybody doesn’t understand is each other.
What everybody doesn’t understand is each other. Until the last second of the movie they don’t know why they attacked the embassy, which group it was, or why they even needed to be there. The woman near their sons and husbands have no idea why the Americans killed them. We as a country have no real understanding of what happened there it is happening in the Middle East at all. We fight because we have different religious values, we have different skin tones, we can’t speak the same language. The movie ends in a quote that really sums up the issues we’re having, and it’s not with each other. It’s with ourselves.
“All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you”