A Necessary War?

“Your documentary justifies America’s participation in the greatest military slaughter of all time. … The military commanders on all sides conscripted cameramen to risk their lives in order to document this devastating war, in which 50 to 60 million people died, mostly civilians. They did this to provide footage for the newsreel producers back home. Lowell Thomas was the apologist of his day. You have become the retroactive apologist of our day. You are the spiritual heir of the military propagandists who sent those cameramen into the valley of the shadow of death. There is nothing like royalty-free public domain film clips to get the original message across to the PBS audience.”

“A Letter to Ken Burns” by Gary North


One Response to A Necessary War?

  1. Cathy says:

    Gary North’s critique is very perceptive and I agree. The central notion of “why” and WWII is never brought up in our culture. To bring it up seems like sacrilege. But I often wonder if the apathy on the part the US and England as to the goings on within Germany during the 20s and 30s is what allowed the scale of this disaster to rise in the first place. At the expense of so many lives. And then, we pat ourselves on the back endlessly. I guess I just don’t get it.

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