A Study of American Military Memoirs of «Operation Iraqi Freedom»
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Now the dark begins to rise Save your breath, it’s far from over Leave the lost and dead behind Now’s your chance to run for cover […] I will not bow! I will not break! – Breaking Benjamin “I Will Not Bow”
In its song “I Will Not Bow,” the American band “Breaking Benjamin” gives voice to an individual’s thoughts, it appears, struggling to come to terms with living under great pressure. Although not referring to a combat veteran’s struggle with his “experience” of war, the band, nevertheless, inspires in their audience associations to war and combat leading, for example, to numerous self-created music videos uploaded to youtube.com. From a martial perspective, “I Will Not Bow” gives voice to a common – even if unacknowledged – message, similar to Eddie Vedder’s and Ben Harper’s “No More War” (Epigraph of Chapter Five) and Brendan James’s “Hero’s Song” (Epigraph of Chapter Four): war does leave its mark on its participants, civilian and military alike, making a return to a pervious state of mind, untouched by combat, simply impossible.
Throughout this book, I referred to several movies and American TV programs which concentrate on soldiers and Marines, either still on active duty or upon their return to a civilian world. Similar to songs briefly touched on above, these films and programs focus on the problems a veteran faces upon re-entering the civilian sphere. Repeatedly, these TV programs, e.g., NCIS, the Army Wives and others, put...
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