When Art Should Be Serious / Maya Lin / Industrial Military Complex


Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Designer, Maya Lin
Photo by David Pride

This work needs no comment. The only sad thing is that the tragedies of war are rarely retained, and often must be relearned by each generation. This, combined with inept leadership that is driven by greed rather than wisdom, is one of the greatest tragedies of all–to say nothing of what it does to civilians on the receiving end.

We lost 58,226 in Vietnam, and thousands more afterward; one of those was my older brother. 1.5 million civilians died in the war. Just prior to the explosion of that disaster, Eisenhower warned us about the dangers of the Industrial Military Complex, and how its intent was to prolong or create needless wars, regardless of the human cost, since profit was the primary motive. In Vietnam, all of his predictions were realized to a horrific degree.

I don’t think I need to say anything more.

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