David Cline, a Vietnam veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, relates his personal story and gives us a first-hand account of what war really looks like. The historian Michael Foley looks at the inequities of the draft during the Vietnam war, which produced the notorious "chicken-hawks" who spend their time these days championing the 'war on terror' as a patriotic duty but who avoided military service when it was their turn to serve. Vietnam veterans tell us about their difficult return to "the world". We look at the bloated military budget, and the effect it has on funds desperately needed by cities across the country.
And just who is the threat to peace? Nelson Mandela and a Hiroshima survivor remind us that only one country has actually used nuclear weapons.
Amongst those featured are Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon, Desmond Tutu, Jessica Lange, Tim Robbins, Ossie Davis, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Patti Smith.
Other titles in the series are:
the dawn (part I) A look at what really happened in the presidential elections of 2000.
...and the pursuit of happiness (part II) The aftermath of 9/11: the war on terror, the Patriot Act, the looming Iraq war and massive peace demonstrations.
...and nothing but the truth (part III) Looks at the failure of the mainstream media to ask important questions and cover opposing points of view.
civilization (part V) Iraq's history -- from the 'cradle of civilization' to the first Gulf War and UN sanctions.
blood and oil (part VI) The stated reasons, and the real reasons, for the Iraq war.
pax americana (part VII) Spreading human rights and democracy...or empire?
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2005
Copyright Date: 2003
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-260-2
"An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire."