Critic Review - Compuserve

A well-intentioned but uninvolving anti-war documentary.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve | Comments (2)


Michael U.

Michael Harding

A misanthropic review of an astounding movie.

Nov 4 - 08:29 PM


Say My Name

Wow Harvey Karten, you sure have some balls to label this documentary uninvolving. The stories these men relate from first hand experience are truly horrific. They brought chills to my spine. These are stories that never make it into the press because the military does it best to silence the dissenters. If it became widespread knowledge that we are murdering unarmed civilians in Iraq and Pakistan and if we saw the pictures of these women and children laying dead on the ground, flies and maggots eating their rotting faces (of which there is a lot of documentary footage of that in this movie), then maybe there would be a much larger anti-war movement in this country. As it stands right now less than 1% of the population actually fights these wars we keep starting, and for most people war is just an abstract idea. We hear about it every now and then, but it doesn't alter our lives in any meaningful way. Not so for the actual soldiers who fight these wars, 5 of which are interviewed in this movie.

But back to your ballsy review. You have the audacity to question these soldier's reason for speaking out (mentioning that Massey has a DVD for sale on - oh that must be the reason he's speaking against war, right? To profit from it) while you yourself have never been to war and know only about it from either video games or watching movies. That war is hell and it leaves a permanent scar on those who participate is widely known (or should be), but again that knowledge is just an abstract idea in most American's lives. We know what these people are enduring over there but we don't care because we in America don't have to deal with it. This documentary brings their horror to our living room and makes us confront and ask why are we there doing what we are doing overseas. Why are we putting our soldiers through this?

You arrogantly try to pass this documentary off as just liberal bias. How ignorant can you be? This is not just random peace protesters being interviewed here - these are men who joined the army out of patriotic fervor. The "fellow" who joined because he was afraid of being lynched in Mississippi joined initially because he was poor and had no other alternative (which probably the majority of those serving today fall into his catagory) He actually served two terms. He was discharged and returned to US and was greeted by protesters which so disgusted him that he asked to go back to Vietnam. Does that sound like a typical liberal to you? Would a liberal request to go back under any circumstance? In addition, Perry Parks also did two tours of duty in Vietnam... again no one who stringently adhered to the political left ideology at the time would have gone back to inflict further damage upon innocent civilians once he had been granted a reprieve by his country.

No these were men who were trained to love war and love killing for their country. They were the epitome of patriotism initially, but it was only after time passed and countless horrible things happened that they experienced first hand did they realize that what was going on what truly terrible. Now they are speaking out about it and trying to spare others the pain that they had to deal with their entire lives after the war was over. These people started out war hungry and their experiences profoundly changed their minds and their political viewpoints. This is a very important documentary discussing exactly what they saw there and why they changed and how they became who they are today. It's unbelievable that anyone could dismiss this documentary as "uninvolving" and even more unbelievable considering that you obviously have no war experience yourself you have the audacity to dismiss their stories as liberal bias. This movie should be mandatory viewing for the entire American population.

Nov 7 - 10:31 AM

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