Restrepo, A Modern Band of Brothers

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Recently I re-watched my box set of the film Band of Brothers.  It is aging now, but Band of Brothers is about the 101st Airborne and their role in World War II.

I’ve always enjoyed it because it gave a taste of what war was really like. Sure, there is always a little Hollywood, but it seemed as though they tried to make it a real as possible. Then along came Restrepo.

photo by Tim Hetherington/Outpost Films - Misha Pemble, Belkin, of Hillsboro, Oregon (left), reacts to the sound of gunfire during a firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley during the filming of the documentary, "Restrepo."

Restrepo is a film about a platoon and their deployment to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley from May 2007 to July 2008. The title name is the name of the outpost they built in the valley, and named after one of their comrades that was killed early in the deployment.

The film contains actual footage of firefights and the emotions they engender.  As I look into the young boys faces in that film I realize how young the boys are that we send to war.

The film is very graphic, it is real after all. The language is what you would expect from military men involved in fighting for their lives. It gives a good picture into what those men experienced in a god-forsaken corner of the world. It has already changed my life’s perspective, and I recommend it to all that think war is glamorous.

It gives us another reason to admire the courage and strength of our military, while teaching me that war should be avoided at all costs, because the cost of war in the emotions in our young men is tremendous.

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The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.