It's been a month since I've written so here's a very quick update:
My last post created some fantastic discussion which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I must say I am personally most interested in what set of circumstances morally justifies one nation invading another.
To this I love some of the points in "The Fog of War", a documentary discussing eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara. If you haven't seen it, it's time for a visit to the video store. Beautifully made and great discussion. It came out before Iraq and we (the U.S) have broken some of these "rules".
In particular (this rule is expanded in the special features), I think this rule is quite applicable:
"We are the most powerful nation in the world — economically, politically, and militarily — and we are likely to remain so for decades ahead. But we are not omniscient. If we cannot persuade other nations with similar interests and similar values of the merits of the proposed use of that power, we should not proceed unilaterally except in the unlikely requirement to defend the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii."
So is the "War on Terror" a defense of our land, given that Sept. 11 happened in the US? Even if the answer is yes to that and I find that more than a small stretch. How could Iraq be justified through the same logic? In my view it definitely isn't - nonetheless it was a brilliant campaign strategy for the republicans to symbolically link the two. Albeit reprehensibly misleading.
I wanted to chat with the girl from Iraq about the discussion from my last post, yet she was definitely not interested. At the very least I can appreciate the fact that she is probably sick and tired of being objectified.
Other than that: I've gotten certified as an Fortinet Certified Network Security Professional - which I was stoked for my employer to pay for! Yeah Intergen.
And I've landed the job as the official photographer for the 10th Annual Wellington International Jazz Festival. It's been a hell of a lot of work - and continues to be. But it's a blast, there are some fantastic bands (as well as some real shockers), and a great opportunity to meet tons of people in the creative community.
Here are some sample shots from the last 4 days (6 more to go!):
Lisa Tomlins & Twinset of Wellington:
Twinset of Wellington:
Trio Boeren-deJoode-Vatcher of the Netherlands:
Alda Rezende of Brazil:
The Eggs, a bloody fantastic funk band from Wellington:
Even had some quite artsy light shows, like Robin Fox out of Australia: