Sometimes “Hollywood” gets it right…or at least gives the general public something to think about.
Saturday evening a couple friends and I went to see a movie at the theatre, but we got the time wrong, so we decided to rent a movie instead. Upon deliberation we chose Lord of War (the other contenders were Tristan + Isolde and The Libertine).
I’m really glad of our choice. The movie gave me a different perspective on a topic I’ve never really thought much about. Lord of War ends with a statement, sorry I can’t quote it exactly, but it’s something to the effect that the U.S., U.K., Russia, China and France are the main suppliers for the arms trade – and they’re also the five permanent members of the UN security council.
My one friend had heard of this movie through Control Arms by Amnesty International and through the local Project Ploughshares group. About the Control Arms campaign: “Lack of controls on the arms trade is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide. Every government is responsible. The Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade.”
There’s always something bad going on in the world, and there isn’t much we can do to help it, but at least knowing about it is one little step ahead.