Do we still continue and/or need to continue to construct and stereotype our opponents as enemies?
Conflict Narratives and Perspectives
To answer this modules discussion question, you must first rent a copy of the documentary The Fog of War. After watching the documentary, answer the following: What does McNamara mean by empathizing with the enemy? Should one empathize with ones enemy in order to better handle him/them? Do we still continue and/or need to continue to construct and stereotype our opponents as enemies? How is that true in national and in international politics? Is it appropriate to see fellow citizens as enemies in a type of political and cultural warfare? How do we view our international enemies today? How much of this portrayal is reality and how much is it a simplification or stereotyping of their motives and characters? Do and should morals have a place in war? What does McNamara means by proportionality” and does proportionality matter or only whether you win or lose the war? McNamara says about his role in the Second World War: LeMay said, If wed lost the war, wed all have been prosecuted as war criminals. And I think hes right. He, and Id say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win? What do you think of McNamara’s statement and question here? Why do you agree or disagree?