Thoughts of the Day-6

breaker_morant.jpg.jpgI must have seen "Breaker Morant" in early 80s the first time and then repeated number of times later. Long before, I visited Southern Africa. Long before, I started thinking about war and peace, soldiers being trampled by politics of the side they are fighting for, colonies used as disposable commodity, terminal nature of life - Long before, I pretended to think about such profound stuff...........Read some quotes from the movie below. The movie is an absolute masterpiece. The first quote below here is very similar to one what I heard from Ellie Weisel in one of his campus talks I attended. His wisdom came from real life experiences.

Major Thomas: The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations.


Harry Morant: Live each day as though it were your last; one day you're sure to be right.
Major Thomas: Tell me, Mr. Robertson what was Lt Hancock's reason for putting Boer prisoners on open cattle cars on the trains.
Capt. Robertson: Well the Boers had been mining the lines and blowing up a lot of trains. He thought it might stop them.
Major Thomas: Well did it?
[Robertson looks at the prosecutor]
Major Thomas: Did it?
Capt. Robertson: Yes, but I don't think...
[he's interrupted]

Harry Morant: We shot them under Rule 303.