Friday, March 22, 2013

When Life Hands You PTSD (Make Peace - With War!!!)

I'm watching Lu Chuan's City Of Life And Death, a film on The Rape Of Nanking. I found the whole thing online, but be warned - this ain't your normal war movie:
"The International Military Tribunal for the Far East estimated that 20,000 women were raped, including infants and the elderly. A large portion of these rapes were systematized in a process where soldiers would search door-to-door for young girls, with many women taken captive and gang raped. The women were often killed immediately after being raped, often through explicit mutilation or by stabbing a bayonet, long stick of bamboo, or other objects into the vagina. Young children were not exempt from these atrocities, and were cut open to allow Japanese soldiers to rape them."
How wild is this one? There's a Nazi in it and I even feel sorry for him.

History's fucked up.

I watch a lot of war movies now. I can identify their motivations easier than in the rest. (The Rape Of Nanking - Get it?) I guess, growing up in South Central, Los Angeles and seeing all manner of violence and death before I left elementary school, and then all the malignant NewAge nonsense as an adult (the part I've had no preparation for) this shouldn't come as a surprise. But it does. 

Until now, I never looked on Saving Private Ryan as a comfort, y'know? 

 I wish there was a way to make it stop but there ain't. People are going to do the terrible things that lead to war and further atrocities - in peacetime. "They were bored, angry, frustrated, tired." I get it: 

 That dance - of declaring ourselves rational as we go insane - it trips us up every time,...