Fabulous! More heart-breaking, alarming, and awakening than Picasso's Guernica.
I appreciate our history and our warriors
Winston S. Churchill
Truth telling in a painting.
Sorry, I don't quite get it. But then "patriotic"
art, like jingo, slogan and chant never really resonated with me.
Perhaps some of the elite could explain. Really, is this a representation of unwitting, yet willing soldiers in Wilson's World Social Engineering war (to end all wars!) of choice?
Perhaps a celebration of the 1917 Selective Service Act (we select, you serve)?
Perhaps a celebration of the Lusitania deception?
Somehow I can't imagine that it supports the (upper)peaceful scene depicted.
In any manner whatsoever.
I think I understand ito's overarching point, but I think he's missing the point here. I see the picture and am reminded of A.E. Housman's words:
These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth's foundations fled,
Followed their mercenary calling
And took their wages and are dead.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.
@ itor. No to all your questions.
Not necessarily mercenaries either, rather guardians, madmen of mercy for the innocent. And, as attributed to Orwell -- People sleep peacefully at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.