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13 Hours shows how much we don’t understand about each other.


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”

brandon jp scott

My name is Brandon, and I like to make things. I'm a Full Stack Software Engineer and Linux Security Engineer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I started programming when some childhood friends and I decided to make a private Ragnarok Online server and host it in my parents basement. I got designated "code guy", fell in love, and never looked back. I started teaching myself as much as I could, and started my first online entity, a non-profit, with a high school classmate. Eventually I took this love to the University of Michigan where I studied Computer Science Engineering and Entrepreneurship. During my time there I was lucky enough to work for two iconic tech companies, Automattic and Google. Currently, I am the Technology Director of Argo Labs, an Ann Arbor based digital engineering, design, videography, and content marketing company aiming to build a more unique web that I cofounded in July 2015.

5 comments

Charles Ralph Scott
Charles Ralph Scott - June 30, 2016 Reply

Nice story but you should have gone into detail on how this group of Americans asked for help and received none.

Vicky Scott
Vicky Scott - June 30, 2016 Reply

They asked over and over for help and the US did nothing to help them. Makes our county and the idiots who were in charge look disgusting.

Brandon JP Scott
Brandon JP Scott - June 30, 2016 Reply

That’s a big plot story in the movie, wasn’t the point of my piece. The movie shows that. You should watch it :)

Charles Ralph Scott
Charles Ralph Scott - June 30, 2016 Reply

We watched it already. It makes me mad that our country left people out to dry.

Vicky Scott
Vicky Scott - June 30, 2016 Reply

After we watched the movie, it really pissed us both off that our county left those people to die.

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