Why They Fight

The movie Green Zone (2010), directed by Paul Greengrass, is about the Iraq War and the search for weapons of mass destruction, commonly abbreviated as WMDs. The basis of the movie is that Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, played by Matt Damon, is sick and tired of coming up empty at locations that intelligence says are confirmed WMD sites.  CWO Miller truly believes in the mission of finding WMDs and helping people, which fuels his actions throughout the movie.  He decides to dig deeper into the mystery of why their intelligence is always wrong, and subsequently puts the plot in motion.

My preliminary thesis is:

The 2010 movie Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass, illustrates, on multiple levels, the various reasons for why people support or fight in wars.

As I plan on examining the reasons why people assume support roles and fight in wars, I divided up the topic into three subcategories on which I based my topic sentences off of.  These subcategories are soldier, politician, and native citizen.

Topic Sentence #1:  We see some of these reasons of why people fight through Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon), the main protagonist of the movie, who believes in his mission to find WMDs and that it is truly helping people.

Topic Sentence #2:  We also see motives in the reasons for war in the movie’s main antagonist, Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear), who works in Pentagon Special Intelligence, including his ulterior and sometimes shady motives for his actions in the war, which show up in the intelligence received by the regular troops.

Topic Sentence #3:  An intriguing point of view about war that we as the audience rarely see in movies comes about through Freddy (Khalid Abdalla), an injured Iraq Army veteran who through the course of the plot becomes the translator for CWO Miller whose motive of helping his country surpasses putting his own life in danger to help the United States soldiers in their country.

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