A Farewell to (Hairy) Arms: Monsters, Inc. as Anti-War Allegory
Have we considered that US meddles in the Mideast not for oil but bc it actually runs on the energy of screams like the Monsters Inc world— brendan james (@deep_beige)July 24, 2014
Of the 1000 plus casualties of Operation Protective Edge, 206 have been children in Gaza, according to a July 26 United Nations report. The death of innocents is beyond comprehension, and the tactical and strategic objectives of such an operation, however noble and important they may be, cannot justify the amount of civilian blood shed. The amount of pain these families feel must be immense, too intense to bear. The Twitter user above poses an interesting point: with $121 billion in aid to Israel since the end of the Second World War, do we reap anything other than anguished screams from our investment?
If one holds that the slaughter of children, deliberate or not, is an atrocity, then it follows that the invasion of a child’s bedroom in the dead of night in order to extract energy from their palpable and understandable fear is also unacceptable. I contend that the 2001 Academy Award-winning film, Monsters, Inc. is a potent anti-war allegory that casts an often invisible party in the spotlight: the child at war.