Over the weekend, i watched this show called the "Flag of our fathers". At the same time, another show"Letters from Iwo Jima" . Both movie incidentally is made about the same time and about the battle of Iwo Jima, an island near Japan in 1944/45. One is from the American perpective and the other , from Japanese. Quite surreal on all the killings that happen. It questions the basic reason of survival and the respect for humanity. I think that there is more respect for the rules of fair play and the essense of humanity during that time. Yet, a ghastly reminder that winning the war does not make a nation great. One of the 'heroes' of American flagging is an American Indian whom did finally die for his country. Yet, he was alone and marginalized becoz of who he is.
The Great US.
First in Oil Consumption:
The United States burns up 20.7 million barrels per day, the equivalent of the oil consumption of China, Japan, Germany, Russia, and India combined.
First in Carbon Dioxide Emissions:
Each year, world polluters pump 24,126,416,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the environment. The United States and its territories are responsible for 5.8 billion metric tons of this, more than China (3.3 billion), Russia (1.4 billion), and India (1.2 billion) combined.
First in External Debt:
The United States owes $10.040 trillion, nearly a quarter of the global debt total of $44 trillion.
First in Military Expenditures:
The White House has requested $481 billion for the Department of Defense for 2008, but this huge figure does not come close to representing total U.S. military expenditures projected for the coming year. To get a sense of the resources allocated to the military, the costs of the global war on terrorism, of the building, refurbishing, or maintaining of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and other expenses also need to be factored in.