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By Patricia Keeton

No different cinematic style extra sharply illustrates the contradictions of yank society - notions approximately social classification, politics, and socio-economic ideology - than the battle movie. This publication examines the most recent cycle of battle motion pictures to bare how they mediate and negotiate the complexities of battle, category, and a military-political challenge mostly long past undesirable.

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Halfway into this film Private Leonard shoots his drill instructor who has been humiliating him throughout basic training. Standing up to military authority has never been portrayed quite like this in any other American war film. Given Hollywood and television’s abiding interest in America’s hugely costly wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Thersites’s sentiments and direct challenge to his commander in chief have only been amplified since Homer’s ancient poem, even if the Greek’s words are softened on the screen.

As often as not what may start out as an enthusiastic attempt to resurrect the good war ultimately gets deflated. Apparently a limit exists as to the moral and martial efficacy of the white man’s burden in the non-Western, sometimes impoverished world. Selling the good war in film after the debacle in Vietnam and even after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was going to be a very hard sale. Ultimately it proved impossible. B L ACK H AWK D OWN : A Failed Mission but Resurrecting the Good Fight Black Hawk Down ironically celebrates a notable American military defeat: 18 members of the elite Delta Force, the seventy-fifth Rangers, and SOAR (160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment) (the “Night Stalkers”— Airborne) were killed in the two-day fighting between October 3 and 4, 1993, in the Battle of Mogadishu in which the United States’ effort to capture an Islamic Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid was unsuccessful.

But if you destroy our peace if you take away our work if you try to range us one against the other we will know what to do. If you tell us to make the world safe for democracy we will take you seriously and by god and by Christ we will make it so. . Put the guns into our hands and we will use them. Give us the slogans and we will turn them into realities. Sing the battle hymns and we will take them up where you left off. Not one not ten not ten thousand not a million not ten millions not a hundred millions but a billion two billions of us all the people of the world we will have the slogans and we will have the hymns and we will have the guns and we will use them and we will live.

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