Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, the book
October 31, 2004
Will They Ever Trust Us Again: Letters From The War Zone by Michael Moore is a book of letters from soldiers in Iraq, from other US soldiers around the world, from US veterans, and from family and friends at home.
In postmodern philosophy there are jargon phrases such as "dominant discourse" and "local knowledge". This is a book of "local knowledge". The letters will break your heart.
I doubt this book will change any minds about the United States foreign policy of the Bush Administration. Those who support the President's policy will continue to support it and those that oppose it will be strenghtened in their opposition.
This is a book for future generations who will question what the heck the nation was thinking after 9/11. It is what Alice Miller, a Swiss Psychoanalyst who specializies in working with adults abused as children, calls an "enlightened witness." This book provides the witness that not only is war evil, but that the current Iraqui war is more evil than past wars because it was pre-emptive, based on lies, and was unnecessary.
While Bush claims that he is a Christian and that God talks to him, his policy flies in the face of centuries of Just War theory, and has been roundly condemned by the leader of the Christian Church, Pope John Paul II. While the Christian witness against the war has been marginalized, it is there if one cares to look and listen.
To hear the voices of soldiers who believe that they were misled, manipulated, lied to, and put into harm's way for less than noble causes is distressing and saddening. It also may become infuriating if the reader reflects on the unnecessary pain that is apparent in the letter writers' stories.
If you have the stomach for it, I recommend this book.