January 16, 2014

‘Lone Survivor’ Responds to Critics

Lutrell has a hard time with the term “pro-war.”

Marcus Lutrell, the retired Navy SEAL whose story of surviving a Taliban attack on a four-man SEAL team in Afghanistan in 2005 is told in the movie “Lone Survivor,” fired back at critics who claim the film glorifies war. “I mean, is [pro-war] a real term?” Lutrell asked incredulously. “Because there’s nothing glorious about war. … There’s nothing glorious about holding your friends in your arms and watching them die.” That isn’t to say war is never justified. “The bottom line,” he says, is that there are “bad people everywhere. And every now and again, we’re going to have to step on them to make sure that we preserve our way of life.” Indeed, as John Stuart Mill wrote, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.”

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