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necso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-10-04 06:33 PM
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18. It is an old theme in war
Edited on Sun Oct-10-04 06:48 PM by necso
to use terror as a weapon.

And this can be done on many levels, from using ruthless brutality on "enemy" populations and combatants, to "terror" bombing of civilians, to disconcerting the opponent's military leadership, plans, tactics and strategy. (In case it is not clear, the aim of the last is to paralyze the opposition with indecision and fear.)

Kurtz takes advantage of the "indigenous" population and takes the first route -- although with some of the third mixed in. It is an interesting concept. And, yeah, it is savage. But war is savage, and should never be engaged in unnecessarily.

Fear is a powerful weapon -- it attacks reason. That's why the neos love it. Reason is their enemy... as is fact.
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  -Watched "Apocalypse Now" last night-WTF was that all about? Carni  Oct-10-04 04:44 PM   #0 
  - brando was manifestation of the evil insanity of vietnam  knowbody0   Oct-10-04 04:47 PM   #1 
  - I thought it was about the madness of war also.  izzie   Oct-10-04 04:53 PM   #6 
  - The fact that the Brando character was reading "The Golden Bough"  Carni   Oct-10-04 04:56 PM   #10 
  - The ending is sort of a mess but I love and admire the movie  yardwork   Oct-10-04 06:38 PM   #19 
     - Wow I had no idea that came out in 1979  Carni   Oct-10-04 08:03 PM   #26 
     - Yeah it was 1979 - I saw it when it came out  yardwork   Oct-10-04 08:07 PM   #28 
     - SHEEN was the one who had the heart attack..They had to shoot  SoCalDem   Oct-10-04 08:26 PM   #29 
  - I thought his character represented total sanity; he got away  barb1622000   Oct-10-04 08:46 PM   #31 
  - Wish I could help, but I saw it about 15 years ago when I was  101er   Oct-10-04 04:47 PM   #2 
  - The film is about madness, plain and simple.  JonathanChance   Oct-10-04 04:48 PM   #3 
  - What confuses you, I think  realpolitik   Oct-10-04 04:50 PM   #4 
  - OK...  wysi   Oct-10-04 04:50 PM   #5 
  - It was a rendition of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"  DrWeird   Oct-10-04 04:53 PM   #7 
  - Conrad received no credits in the film, which pisses me off.  NNadir   Oct-10-04 08:53 PM   #32 
  - If you were expecting a gripping plot, I'm sorry...  mrbassman03   Oct-10-04 04:53 PM   #8 
  - How was that not a gripping plot?  DrWeird   Oct-10-04 05:13 PM   #15 
  - What it would take for us to win  mfritz   Oct-10-04 04:54 PM   #9 
  - Thanks for all the insight  Carni   Oct-10-04 05:05 PM   #12 
  - Yep and Oliver Stone returned  Toby109   Oct-10-04 06:18 PM   #16 
  - It was about the thin veneer of civilization  AngryAmish   Oct-10-04 04:59 PM   #11 
  - "Lord of the Flies" type of a thing then?  Carni   Oct-10-04 05:08 PM   #13 
  - Rubber was the reason for the original incursion into Vietnam  jmowreader   Oct-10-04 09:37 PM   #33 
  - IIRC, Coppola shot 103 min. of film for every 1 min. used. At the time,  henslee   Oct-10-04 05:11 PM   #14 
  - What is fascinating to me...  wysi   Oct-10-04 06:45 PM   #21 
  - Other posters have covered the main points..  everythingsxen   Oct-10-04 06:29 PM   #17 
  - Transformation...  wysi   Oct-10-04 06:43 PM   #20 
  - It is an old theme in war  necso   Oct-10-04 06:33 PM   #18 
  - And lest anyone thinks  necso   Oct-10-04 08:00 PM   #25 
  - How did ya like the chopping the head off the cow thing?  Moonbeam_Starlight   Oct-10-04 07:01 PM   #22 
  - This was on AMC and it was cut quite a bit  Carni   Oct-10-04 07:54 PM   #24 
  - The Film Debut of he who would become the beloved "Cowboy Curtis"  alphafemale   Oct-10-04 07:30 PM   #23 
  - Morpheus?  Mr Bojangles   Oct-10-04 08:06 PM   #27 
  - Carni.. a "better" adaptation of Viet Nam is "The Deerhunter"  SoCalDem   Oct-10-04 08:28 PM   #30 
  - Oh, and one more thought.  necso   Oct-10-04 11:56 PM   #34 

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