Why We Fight is a documentary released in 2005. In it, we are given a glimpse of why we as Americans fight. From WWII to the current occupation in Iraq. It is not propaganda, like most would expect. It is a real look into the two wars after 9/11. It follows the run up to the war in Iraq, its completion, and the failing occupation afterwards. It also looks into why it is we are having so many problems with Arab nations and other so called terrorist nations.
The documentary makes plain the major differences in the way we used to fight, for the preservation of freedom and our democracy, and what we are doing now.
Looking closer to home, why do we, as environmentalists, as human beings, as fellows living beings on earth, fight against our own government who is now showing signs of not even listening to us anymore. Why do we fight for such frivolous things as universal health care, the environment, economic equality, against war? Why We Fight, can be explained in this quote from David Suzuki.
"My daugher Severn is 27 years old, and she's been an environmental activist ever since she was seven years old. A few months ago she said to me, 'Dad, I think this is the most exciting time to be alive in all of human history.' She said this is the moment, in the following months and a few years, we are going to have to make some big decisions. Because if we make the right decisions, or if we fail to make the decisions, it's going to determine the fate, not only of all human kind, but of countless species of plants and animals. This is the defining moment, she said, when we will decide whether or not we're going to be a spectacular Flash in the Pan failure, or whether we can step up to the plate and show that we are capable of finding humility, compassion, patience and wisdom to truly find a sustainable path. As I reflected on her comment, I've come to the conclusion she's absolutely right."(1)(2)