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6560 Andrew Nellestyn: Still in a fog and troubled after viewing – The Fog of War

6560 Andrew Nellestyn: Still in a fog and troubled after viewing – The Fog of War

It seems rather a timely occasion to revisit the documentary Robert S. McNamara The Fog of War to reflect on and examine how events past can inform us of the present and consequential challenges which face us and which will shape the present and the future.

The continuing wars which both confront and involve us are a case in point.

They force us to ask profound questions and wrestle with hard, difficult, soul searching and personal realities:  why Wars; are they the human condition never ending; the torment of grappling with what is ethical and moral; the end justifies the means; what we believe and what we see are often wrong; what defines the national interest; what are just Wars or the obverse are wars just; should War be a unilateral decision and effort or coalition to cite but a few of many conundrums.

After once again viewing the documentary, I felt rather better informed but still in a fog and troubled particularly about what could I as an individual and society at large do better than our predecessors and those around the world who carry the burden of life impacting decisions: all in the interest of national security and world peace, justice and equality.

To paraphrase TS Eliot, exploration is a journey when from which you return to your point of beginning you, for the first time, will understand the place from which you started.

6560 Andrew Nellestyn