Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” may or may not be as controversial as “United 93” and “World Trade Center.” And yet, his two historic war dramas do draw some parallels to today’s conflict in Iraq and avoid others, according to the veteran filmmaker.
“As far as World War II can be compared to now, all wars have their problems,” Eastwood says. “War is war. Whenever you’re out there on the front lines of war, there are problems that you have to deal with that are hard for us not in combat situations to understand.
“And as ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ shows, there is a commonality among the politicians running things.
“I’m sure the country wasn’t, but it seems in hindsight that America was much more unified than it is today, because the war we’re in today, excluding the Iraq war and the front lines, is a different kind of war: It’s ideology and religion. World War II was much more cut and dried.
“We live in a time now where it’s different. We have a voluntary military. The country is a lot more comfortable now as far as economics go. We’d just come out of rough economic times back then. Right now we’re probably a lot more spoiled in this country than we were then, and so it’s the idea that war is more of an inconvenience now, where then it was an absolute necessity.”