Wednesday, October 22, 2008

C'mon, who doesn't love the idea of a "Civilian Defense Force"?

The "Judgment at Nuremberg" is a 1961 film based on the actual events that occurred at the post-Nazi Germany trials at Nuremberg in 1948. Sure the film is fictionalized.

The movie won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Writing and Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Wow, and I must say - the accolades are well deserved.

Check out the film not only if you're interested in World War II, but also if you like court room dramas.

The film raises quite a few points that caused me to think. I mean, what really caused these people to blindly follow this lunatic? Why did people do it? How could people not see through the idealistic (or hate filled) vision and see what they were doing was batsh*t insane? Was it just some misplaced judgment in believing that he would bring change to their nation, bringing them out of their Great Depression?

I worry that someday, something like this will happen again to a free nation. It may not be Germany, it may not be our country, but human naïveté seems to have a habit of getting in the way of reality. It's a short leap from getting in your neighbors face, to spying on them. It's only a short skip and a jump from someone proposing a paramilitary Sturmabteilung "Civilian Defense Force" that is just "as well-funded". It's not a huge leap when you know that those little children are being indoctrinated into singing a DPRK style "Dear Leader" song.

I will not stand for it. However, it could just be that we're about to take part in the largest Ponzi scheme the world has ever seen, in which case we're only slightly screwed.

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