War & Power

* S. A Novel About The Balkans By: Slavenka Drakulic
" And she sees how each of these women, including herself, will be forced from now on to live under this menacing shadow
S. and the other women in the camp are now forced using power by the soldiers, to live under control of them. This power the soldiers have comes from the ongoing war and they are ordered to treat these women this horrible way.

" They are now different people and their faces are no longer their own, they belong to the camp".
S. and the other women do not even recognize their own faces anymore because of the horrors of this camp. They are constantly being degrated and humiliated. The power of the war has total control of them now because they do not belong to themselves anymore, they belong to the camp.

"In the comfortable darkness of the cinema, the people on the screen look more real to her then she does to herself".
Being in the camp has degrated S. to the point where she does not even recognize herself anymore. She feels that she stills belongs to the camp. This is because the power of war has taken over.

Song Lyrics:
This is War By 30 Seconds to Mars

A warning to the people
The good and the evil
This is war
To the soldier, the civillian
The martyr, the victim
This is war

These lyrics are warning people of war. This is related to war and power because the power of war is causing fear. The warning goes out to not only civillians, but to soldiers too because the power of war can overcome the soldiers too. S. says in the book that the soldiers are similar to the women in the camp because they also do not belong to themselves anymore. They belong to the army, to the leader, to the nation.
//Concentration Camps//

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This is a picture of Jewish children being held captive in a concentraction camp. During the Holocaust, the Nazi's let the power of war get to them and planned to exterminate all jews. Unfortunately, they were very successfull in doing so. This picture also relates to the book S. because the women were being held captive in a refugee camp by the soldiers.
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Sent to a better life, they told us. They lied.

Packed to go, our lives in a suitcase.
Forced on a train, sardines in a tin.
Destination? Unknown.
We'll be there soon, they told us. They lied.

Half of us dead, most of us dying.
We arrived, our lives thrust into Nazi fists.
Families separated, people alone.
You'll see them again, they told us. They lied.

They picked us out, worthy from useless.
Was this just a sick game?
Who were they to say? Who were they to judge?
It'll be over in a while, they told us. They lied.

Fear for our lives.
People left and never came back.
Our backs broken, our bodies broken, our hearts broken.
"Heil Hitler, he will save the world," they told us. They lied.

No bravery in our eyes anymore.
Only tears.
Sore from weeping, sore from sleeping.
"Work will set you free, harder," they told us. They lied.

The innocent forsaken.
The faithful destroyed.
How so uncompassionate? How so empty? How so cold?
You are all bad Jews, they told us. They lied.

I am God's child, I told them.
I am a light in the darkness, I told them

It's just a shower, they told me.
They lied. They lied. They lied.

Rebekah Coomber

This poem relates to war and power because the power of war overcame the Nazi's. They sent Jews to concentration camps. They lied and told them that hard work would set them free, but they were really sent to all be exterminated. This poem also relates to the book S. because the women were sent to refugee camps and horribly degraded by the soldiers.



* Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By: Jonathan Safran Foer

" It is war waged by humanity against humanity, and it will only end when there's no one left to fight." (page 130)

" War is humans vs. humans. Not just one person but a group. It won't end unless everyone is already dead". ( page 128)

" We go on killing each other to no purpose!" ( page 128)

These quotes directly relate to our topic "war and power" because no matter what war we fight in
we kill each other even if there isn't a purpose. The quote " We go on killing each other to no purpose" relates to our book because Oskars father was killed for no reason. He was an innocent man killed because of a war. There wasn't a reason for the war it just happend and innocent people were killed because of every one's selfishness.

What do the above quotes have to do with power?

War and treaty powers
- An article about the powers that are divided between congress and the president. This was
done to ensure that wars wouldn't be entered into as easily: It takes two keys not one to
start the engine of war.

Pearl Harbor: Day Of Infamy video:
- This documentary contains over 25 survivor interviews which reveals eyewitness accounts
from both American and Japanese veterans. On December 7, 1941, a Japanese carrier launches
a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that wiped out the United States pacific fleet in less then an hour.
Nearly 2,500 American Lives were lost along with a numerous amount of battleships, and aircraft's.

How does the Pearl Harbor connect to your topic of War and Power?

Travelin' Solider Lyrics

- The song Travelin' Solider was originally written by Bruce Robinson in 1996. This song takes place during the Vietnam war, and is about an American Solider who befriends a waitress shortly before entering the army. He writes her letters, and when he dies she is the only one who knows.

Again, how does this connect to the topic of War and Power?

War Pictures


This is a picture of the 9/11 attack on the two twin
towers. Thousands of innocent people died during
this attack. I chose this photograph because In our
book Oskar's father died in 9/11. He was one of the
innocent men who was killed.

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A child solider waiting to fight for his country. Should the
government allow children to fight in war? I chose this photo
because I feel that children are to young to fight in war. Our
government needs a change!

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This photo represents children of the Holocost. Fighting
to survive. These kids are innocent Jews who have to fight
just to survive in concentration camps because people are
to ignorant to accept they are different.

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* Marine Sniper by: Charles Henderson
- "It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly." pg. 280

- I feel this quote relates very well to our topic. In marine sniper the main caracter Sgt. Hathcock is promoted to Gunny Sgt. because of his skills, courage on the field, and loyalty to his fellow marines. War gives people power, especially if you are skilled in hte art of warfare. Hathcock gained power because if how good he was at war.



This is probobly very similar to what Sgt. Hathcock went through. He would spend days on end lieing prone searching for Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. As a sniper he commanded a lot of fear from his enemies and a whole lot of respect from both his enemies and his fellow marines. That fear and respect is what gave Hathcock power.

- These are refugees who were fleeing the Vietnam war. I think this picture fits because even though i feel that war is somtimes necesarry, I feel that it tears apart and uproots families as well.

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"Proud to be an American"

"-And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me.
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today.
Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land."

- I chose this song because it became a very popular song immediatly after 9/11. It was a reminder to everyone that we were very lucky to live where we do and that we wont let ourselves be pushed around when something like this happens. The U.S has the strongest military in the world and that is what the lyrics "And I'll glady stand up next to you and defend her still today" really emphasizes that power, pride, and loyalty that our country posesses.



-This website contains a few poems by a pilot in the Vietnam war. The one that really caught my eye was Soldier's roll. It talks about the life of the soldiers in Vietnam and how bad it was. I chose it because i feel like a lot of people dont understand exactly what war is and that it is a noble fight where both sides are honorable. They don't see the real thing which is men laying in the dirt for days to ambush the enemy, how an unsuspecting soldier can suddenly become a casualty curtesy of a bullet from a sniper's rifle. War isn't what a lot of people think it is, it is bloody, scary, and surprising at the best of times and much, much worse at the worst of times.

- War & Power: A conflict which invloves a group of people fighting over land, warfare, and weapons.
Our page summarizes the effects of war on people and countries. We also talked about the corruption in war and reasons that countries go to war. Overall we decided that war is a horrible and disgusting thing though it is sometimes necessary to fight them no matter how horrible they are.