Monday, July 10, 2006

Throwing my hat into the ring

Tonight, when I got home from work, I checked youtube. This video has made it to the #1 highest rated video of the week after only being online for three days. It has stayed there all day today.

I know how much of that I owe to everyone that took the time to vote for it. I really cannot express how much this means to me, and I cannot thank you all enough. It really feels good to know that my video is getting more exposure than Brookers and the two Korean guys who like to sing along to N'Sync songs on their webcam.

I really want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Back to blogging!


Blogger dusty said...

Annies song always makes me sad..and your video attached to it..dude..the pain was overwhelming.

You do great work peter..kudos m'dear man.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Zohreh said...

great work Peter

6:18 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

This is so indcredibly powerful..
god, what are we doing? what are we doing to these people

1:29 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Whew. Tough stuff. Thanks, Peter.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Sdit. said...

Powerful! Brought tears to my eyes.

God bless ya

3:17 AM  
Blogger Nienke Hinton said...

Incredible. I like the way you focused on emotion rather than shocking with gore. Thx for sharing.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Aw peter. That was heartwrenching.

and amazing.

thank you for sharing sosomeone else might see the insidiousness of this useless war.

11:26 AM  
Blogger LETS TALK said...

Nice work, what a powerful song mixed with what people in there right mind are feeling and going through. I give this an A++

4:20 PM  
Blogger the fourth person said...

really nice and quite moving.

i'd love to see you do one to U2's "one"

5:35 PM  
Blogger anne altman said...

bravo! very nice editing! not a feel good flick, but that goes without saying i guess.

5 am post?

6:21 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Your bridesmaid post was at 3am.

6:30 PM  
Blogger _H_ said...

Excellent work Peter .

8:29 PM  
Blogger Reject the Koolaid said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Your video is very moving and a reminder to think about the people when we hear the news of yet senseless bombing.

I would make a few points, however. Melody, "we" are not blowing these people up. Fascist Baathists are although the US may bear some responsibility for enabling them.

And Peter, as to the question, what does war ever solve, you might want to ask that to someone liberated from Auschwitz, or read something about slaves liberated after the civil war or even talk to a South Korean who's really glad not to be living under North Korea.

9:42 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

You seem pretty anti addsense : )

Your template is broken.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...


Thanks so much for putting this together--it is so important that people see the human side of this "war." The Bush spin doctors have successfully dodged this ugly reality for far too long.

10:15 PM  
Blogger fuckstick2020 said...

This has nothing to do with your post however, I saw the Zidane thing LIVE and in technicolor! It was the best move of the world cup!! HAHAH!!

11:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...


I agree that WWII had a purpose once the US begrudgingly entered it. However, we did not start WWII. The War was started by Germany in order to gain control of most, if not all, of the globe. In the end, they became a country, which would be battered and split for forty years. We would all have been better off without it ... and Hitler for that matter. I think you will agree that the 60+ million!!!! people that died in that war were not worth it. We entered that war to resolve it, not to start one.

My Grandfather died liberating Auschwitz and defeating the Nazi party. My Great Grandfather was a German who hung himself (Reportedly) in a concentration camp even before the US entered the war in 1941. However WWII and this war share nothing in common.

The Civil War is the one I agree with you the most on, and I say touché! Even then we would be better off without that one too. The Civil War might be the best exception to the rule. Even then, it would have been nice to have not taken slaves in the first place when we broke away from England. It would have saved us a lot of pain and death in the long run. All we got out of it was the Dukes of Hazard.

War begins when people let power get the better of them. This is true in Nazi Germany, The southern United States and Korea. In fact it just might happen again in Korea. Guess we didn’t finish the job.

I put this question to you then. If we are in the business of playing world police ... and I am not saying that we shouldn't ... Whom do we save? There are 58 countries that torture people and all have extrajudicial punishment. Most are in Africa right now. Will we be going into Uganda? Congo? Sudan? Sierra Leone?

War will be a part of human nature long after you and I are dead. I just think when you look at war, the back and forth usually leads to no major change or good. I miss the old days when hard-core conservatives believed in small government and they were all political isolationists.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Dreamlover said...

Very touching, very moving, and full of ethos!

1:19 AM  
Blogger Reject the Koolaid said...

The point I wished to make is it's seldom a choice between war and peace but rather between war and ethnic cleansing (Yugoslavia) or war and genocide (Rwanda, Darfur, WW II) or war and slavery or war and totalitarianism.

I think each situation is individual and must be analyzed on its own terms. And the fact that you can't cure every ill in the world doesn't mean you shouldn't cure some.

2:14 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hi peter do you remember me?
I'm David from Italy..
Have you seen the final?
Italy wins wins wins...

2:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Yeah David-

Italy ruled the day.


3:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

It would be nice to see a Senator or a President send their children to cure some of those ills.

I went to school with John Bush. He would be about 35/36 right now. Certainly old enough to fight for his country. I am sure I don't need to tell you that he will not be doing that.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Reject the Koolaid said...

Well, I do agree it's a problem when there's little connection between the ruling elite and the military (and clearly I don't mean that in a "Generals should run the country" way.) And I take your point that those making the decisions about war might make different ones if their children were being sent off.

But how do you solve that in a free country? With compulsory military service as in France? With a draft? Again, it's a complicated question and just making the point that children of the elite no longer join the military does not mean there is no longer any such thing as a just war.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Shadowspun said...

Wow, Peter, great work. I think the little girl in the middle with the tears in her eyes got me the most.

As for the other thread going, even though I hate the term, I have to use it, "Just Wars" are in my mind the only excusable wars. Wars to free someone (but do they want to be freed?), to end oppression (or is it just their choice of life?) are, um, acceptable. With the above questions answered in full and a completely thought-out GOOD reasoning behind it and any military moves we make, in accordance with the Geneva Convention and, hopefully, with the participation of a majority of the members of the UN.

As for the elite, well, I think some do still enter the military. Granted, they tend to go in as officers instead of working their way through the ranks, but so do a lot of other men and women who can attend the various military academies. I personally think military/civil service should be mandatory as in Israel and Germany. What an opinion for the pacifist in a military family who DID NOT go into the service to have, eh?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Peter - great, great, job. Wow. Those images are now permanently engraved in my mind.

The war has inundated our news quite a bit - and sometimes it's easy to become numb to what is actually happening after so much time has passed.

Your video reminds me of what is happening every second of every day on the other side of the world. And it's heart-breaking.

Thank you so much for your great work.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Dr. Jones said...

Grest job! This video reminds us that it never the sacrifice of the soldiers, militia members and others who chose to pick up a gun. It is never the sacrifice of those of us at home who must endure war rationing or higher gas prices. It is the powerless, most typically women and children, who sacrifice during times of war. It is they who have no safe haven. They who have no recourse for injustices visited upon them. They who will lose their loved ones, see them raped, killed, maimed, and psychologically crushed. It has been that way for the length and breadth of human existence. Particularly since the oft spoken of, but seldom in existence, "front lines" ceased to exist as in modern warfare. It is for those people we must continue to seek an end to this war. And we should try to remember them before starting another one that reeks so much of greed and the love of power.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Fantastic. The little girl with the beautiful eyes with tears in them, killed my heart. I pray for them all. Thanks so much for sharing.

12:09 PM  

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