Saturday, December 1, 2007

Withering Fire

"Repugnant, repulsive, anti-American propaganda." Blistering review of the film Redacted at National Review Online. After complaining that the experience of watching it left him speechless, Ross Kaminsky finds his voice in time to unleash his outrage at the latest anti-war epic:

But the movie ends up being something that Goebbels might be proud of, as it repeats a “big lie”, namely that all American soldiers are murderous cretins or impotent collaborators and that the Army itself is cruel, hateful, and devious, with tedious and furious frequency.
There is much, much more. However, the review points to the real solecism of the film:

At the time of this writing, about 1,050 people had rated this film on IMDB. There is a clear trend that the older (and wiser) the viewer, the less they liked the film. More interestingly, the average vote from a US viewer is about 4/10 while Non-US viewers rate it above 7/10.

Therein lies what would have been a crime during WWII. As Kaminsky writes

The movie will be shown as a recruiting tool by Al Qaeda and will cause at least a few ordinary people to hate and mistrust America. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few of those took violent action (or financed it) as a result. That blood will be on the hands of Brian De Palma and Mark Cuban. Unfortunately, that’s probably just what they want.

To a world fed a steady diet of anti-American propaganda, coming from the Great Satan itself, this movie will serve as confirmation. We don't need enemies: we are our worst enemy.

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