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Cultural enhancement #3 - Andrew Cason Dr Mazzarella...

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Andrew Cason Dr. Mazzarella History 112G April 7, 2008 ‘You Can’t Fight in Here! This is a War Room!’ Stanley Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Atomic Bomb,” is a testament to the Cold War McCarthy era. In the film, Stanley successfully satirizes the absurd notion of deterrence and McCarthyism. Kubrick shows the very absurdity of deterrence within the films opening. The film opens with our prudent hero, Captain Mandrake, receiving a phone call from the insane and paranoid General Ripper (Jack D. Ripper – a suitable name for the character who causes the end of the world) to commence a nuclear strike on the USSR - “Wing Attack Plan R”. We learn later on that Plan R is ironically a safe guard, a deterrence, giving the authority to lower level generals to order a nuclear strike if the higher authorities are knocked out by the initial attack – but in this case there was not initial attack. Ripper is tremendously over stepping his authority. Paradoxically, this deterrence
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