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A Documentary film about the U.S. military
Last week, I watched the movie "Standing Army," a documentary film directed by Italian-American director Enrico Parenti and Anglo-Italian director Thomas Fazi. It was released almost a year ago, but shown only recently in Japan.

To summarize briefly, this move describes the process by which the U.S. military continues to expand its influence on the world. It explains the interests of the military sector of the U.S.. The military is depicted as an important component of a country. It is the sector that searches for opportunities to fight against another nation. Especially since the end of the Cold War, the military has identified potential targets all over the world. This phenomenon has naturally led to various sacrifices by others. Examples include the following; the land owned by an old man in Okinawa was taken by the U.S. army for the construction of its military base; the citizens of Vicenza, Italy struggle to stop the construction of a military base in their hometown; the residents of Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean, were expelled from their island because the U.S. military wanted to build its base on this location.

What's the implication
What does this movie tell us? Some people would be incensed by this situation and would sympathize with people who suffer from the difficulties caused by the U.S. military. Some people would consider this phenomenon the nature of the U.S. spirit, that is, the country intends to expand its territory, which has existed since Columbus discovered the American Continent. Some people also realize the discrepancy presented by the principles of the U.S.: "democracy" and "imperialism."

Can we forgo our own interests in the name of justice?
By contrast, the question that remained in my head was, "Can we forgo our own interests in the name of justice"? From my perceptive, we should recognize not only the U.S. military's accountability for building military bases or engaging in war at any cost, but also the relationship between justice and personal interest. This movie provides us a simple example of how the U.S. prioritizes its interests regardless of the sacrifices that others will have to make. However, we have to understand that the discrepancy between justice and personal interests can be applied to many other global issues.

-Politicians never pass a bill that goes against their capacity to garner votes, regardless of whether such a bill will continue to national interests.
-A company that enjoys a monopoly or oligopoly in a market implements aggressive strategies to compete with new entrants into the market, even though the company realizes that competitors offer consumers better service of products.

Finally, do we merely penalize criminals in an effort to eradicate crime?

No excuses acceptable
Let me clarify my opinions to avoid misinterpretations. I am against supporting interests that drive other people to make sacrifices. People who rely on the military industries to be able to pursue their desired lifestyles should look for another way to make money. Criminals should be penalized regardless of their back ground. Wrongful acts should be pointed out and such behaviors should be eliminated. I respect people who stand up against influential entities who hold vested interests that sometimes go against justice.

"I have a dream. One day..."
If we are truly keen on eliminating these problems, however, considering practical ideas for doing so is also necessary. Such ideas have not occurred to me yet, but I believe achieving these goals is possible. This is why I ask myself if we can truly forgo personal interests in favor of justice. The question mark shows that I have not given up. If everyone treats one another more patiently, we will all benefit.

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