No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
BHD depicts the fruitlessness of the (U.S. initiated) attempts by the United Nations to get food and medical aid to the starving, impoverished victims of Somalia's savage civil war. Hobbled by stifling regulations like the "rules of engagement", U.S. military personnel are forced to watch impotently as thugs commanded by the Warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed machine-gun civilians and steal aid supplies for themselves. The plot of the movie concerns U.S. Army troops dispatched to kidnap some of Aideed's henchmen, and who end up embroiled in a deadly battle with what seems like most of the city of Mogadishu.
Damn Braces, Bless C-47 gunships
The doomed Delta Force and Army Ranger troops in BHD are sent on their way with surprisingly feeble equipment, hand weapons and jumvee jeeps, into something reminiscent of the battle of Stalingrad. The film makes clear that these brave men have been betrayed by the cheap political games of the suits who call the shots: their requests for armored vehicles and C-47 gunship aircraft are denied by the higher-ups in an effort to keep their mission "low-key". In the wrenching battle scenes that follow, the veiwer longs for the sight of a squat Bradley APC or the graceful lines of a C-47 soaring overhead, pulverizing the evil minions of Aideed with precision autocannon fire. How much American blood was spilled for the political parlor games of government bureaucrats?
If At First You Don't Succeed, Give Up
The stark lesson of Black Hawk Down, is this: geopolitical involvement is a thankless effort, one which yields nothing but blood and tears. The rubble in downtown New York provides real-life substance to this movie-derived conclusion. The United States tries to make peace in the Middle East, tries to get food and shelter to the people of Somalia, tries to share free-market prosperity with the developing countires of the world, and we are repaid with terrorism, gunfire, and screaming protesters. It is time to throw in the towel.
Sucks To Be Them
The advantages of isolationism are many: vast amounts of money will be saved by by our not having to keep thousands of troops stationed overseas. American businesses and workers will benefit as captial once spent on overseas trade is now kept here at home (additionally, trade could be maintained with certain civilized trading partners like Japan and Canada). Most importantly, Americans, safe under a new ABM and sattelite-laser umbrella, will never again have to mourn as their children are brought home in caskets, victims of some disastrous "peacekeeping" quagmire in some fly-ridden third-world hellhole, will never again have to live with a sour lump of fear in their guts, fear of the mayhem and murder that foreigners secreted among them may unleash. As for the citizens of other, less advanced nations, the only answer is to let them shoot, burn, starve, and nuke one another until they are all dead or learn to behave civilly. It is no concern of ours.