War's no game

First published in Letters

JULIAN R Powell states that re-enactments of war are merely “games”. Well, he must have a pretty desensitised mindset if he finds enjoyment in people pretending to kill each other!

I dare say such jolly fun could be replicated with other horrendous acts such as car crashes or perhaps rapes?

Caldicot Castle could entice the punters with a re-enactment of a child being run over on a zebra crossing or perhaps a political prisoner being tortured? Maybe some toy manufacturer could produce a waterboarding toy for the kids?

As a species we have two options, we can evolve and cultivate our empathy or we can just accept the violence churned out and inherent in the capitalist system.

(An example of such idiotic compliance was the suggestion that Newport could gain some good business from the visit of NATO!) Brecht’s “Mother Courage” anyone?

Terry Banfield Cardigan Crescent Cwmbran

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1:13pm Thu 29 May 14

-trigg- says...

It appears that Terry Banfield has become a living caricature of incensed activism.

With his comment regarding the "violence inherent in the system" he could be auditioning for a role in the remake of Monty Python's Holy Grail.
It appears that Terry Banfield has become a living caricature of incensed activism. With his comment regarding the "violence inherent in the system" he could be auditioning for a role in the remake of Monty Python's Holy Grail. -trigg-
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1:10pm Fri 30 May 14

throwy1 says...

Obviously Mr Banfielsd has never asked to see behind the scenes of a reenactmenmt. Youngsters can learn more by seeing and watching a re-enactment than they will from books, film, T.V. or internet
Obviously Mr Banfielsd has never asked to see behind the scenes of a reenactmenmt. Youngsters can learn more by seeing and watching a re-enactment than they will from books, film, T.V. or internet throwy1
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1:27pm Fri 30 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Must admit that I find an historical enactment (when properly done) a lot more authentic and more respectful of the lives and frequent suffering of our antecedants, than I would watching a sanitised Hollywood movie where, for instance, Knights in brightly polished armour and American accents die swiftly and heroically for a chivalrous society that never was. Many people who participate in these events are serious and well-informed historians who are well aware of the gravity of the events that they are portraying.
Must admit that I find an historical enactment (when properly done) a lot more authentic and more respectful of the lives and frequent suffering of our antecedants, than I would watching a sanitised Hollywood movie where, for instance, Knights in brightly polished armour and American accents die swiftly and heroically for a chivalrous society that never was. Many people who participate in these events are serious and well-informed historians who are well aware of the gravity of the events that they are portraying. Katie Re-Registered
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