A Study of American Military Memoirs of «Operation Iraqi Freedom»
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War – What Is It Good For?– Edwin Starr “War”
In response to the despair and destruction of the Vietnam War, Edwin Starr demands in his song “War” the answer to the question: “What is it good for?” Answering himself by forcefully stating “absolutely nothing,” he, additionally, details circumstances, events, and consequences which have been the result of war and its physical and psychological destruction for centuries. Starr, singing against the killing, death, and trauma of the Vietnam War, does not forget the plight of the common soldiers, including their “experience”1 in his song to illustrate the personal aftermath of war and to formulate what men should – after centuries filled with war – already know:
War has shattered many a young man’s dreams, made him disabled, bitter and mean, life is much too short and precious, to spend fighting wars these days, war can’t give life (Edwin Starr “War – What Is It Good For?”)
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