Patlabor 2 is a Japanese Anime (Cartoon) that waxes philosophical about war and peace themes. Here is a poignant dialogue between a policeman and government official that reflects upon these ideas. Also note the Japanese context portrayed here–their defeat in World War II and their position in the world then and now.
Is peace the absence of war? Or war the absence of peace? Is there such a thing as a just war or a unjust peace? What is civilisation if it is founded on the victims of war?
Next to religion, it is politics and its darker brother: war, that has moved society and civilisation towards various ends (sometimes folly).
Great insights from this cartoon. (Transcript of Arakawa’s monologue is below)
You as a policeman, Gota, me as a self-defense force spook, what is it the two of us are actually trying to protect?
It’s fifty years…
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