Generation Kill: Distance

Simon Cellan Jones and Sussana White use  camera distance to communicate the marine’s emotional distance from the hajji people. In most occurrences when Hajji people are killed the slaying occurs from remote locales. The characters further explicate distance in physical means by explaining to Evan Wright that to Americans, Iraq might seem a dangerous place but behind the wheel it is safe. Again Generation Kill exposits the marines yearning for war, by the first combat initiation at 9:00 minutes in. Sergeant Brad attempts to inform the engaged soldiers to cease fire, but the marines appear unable to hear or ignore the order completely. It is tragic because the people the marines are shooting at are believed to be women and children. What is unknown to the marines extends their lack of emotionality. At one moment Chromlie can be seen joyously shooting at camels, culminating in harming a Hajji child civilian. Then there is Captain America who is represented as completely unfit to lead and oblivious to the actualities of the marines climate. He frequently gives his platoons erroneous orders to engage non-combatants and shoot at objects of no purpose. This emotional distance and lack of empathy is articulated in Bravo company’s later debrief. A marine states that his fellow marines must start seeing the hajji people as people. That they are not there to destroy the Hajji way of life. He explains that the variant context does not warrant the taking of their lives. Within this sequence Generation Kill dialogically explicates the bifurcation of Marines and enemies must be obviated. Although on opposing sides, war does necessitate the dehumanization of opposing forces.

The Godfather is deployed as a municipal leader, whose decision is to be followed exactly even at the cost of their lives. I can’t help but laugh at his melodramatic speeches. He refers to himself in third person and silences dissent that may undermine his leadership. Just for the fulfillment of his orders he declares a space of engagement free for all fire. When faced with the boy killed as a result of his order he informs his personnel that he can not treat the boy as he would treat a marine. That there is zero healthcare treatment for the civilians and marine policy is that they should be treated as such. Given that the greater aggregate of marine platoons act according to the Godfather’s orders his reasoning reinforces marine emotional distance. The Godfather’s disposition as an irreconcilable leader renders the marine groups monolithic in their exercise of military duty. The military is exposited devoid of variant delineations of military character with the exception of brief instances of religious remorse and individuated marine sympathy.

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