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Confronted about the drone strike on the school, the CIA Director’s character excuses it by asserting “We’re all about projecting American power now.” By purposely targeting schoolchildren? The sick irony in this story choice is that no military power in history has bent over farther backward to avoid causing civilian casualties than America and Israel, while murdering innocents – especially children – is a proud tactic of the jihadists. But Hollywood can’t bring itself to defame our enemy by acknowledging and truthfully depicting who the real savages are in this conflict, because America must always be to blame. It’s the Hollywood way.
So once again, Hollywood posits that terrorism is “blowback,” not jihad. Never jihad. Never our enemy’s raging hatred of America and the West, their determination to kill and/or subjugate us in the name of Islam. Always our own geopolitical meddling is the catalyst. In Hollywood’s complicit view, terrorism waged against us is justifiable retribution for American foreign policy and CIA ruthlessness. As the Russell Crowe/Leonardo Di Caprio terrorism thriller Body of Lies states in its opening, “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.” In other words, terror attacks are simply our “chickens coming home to roost,” as Obama’s America-hating spiritual mentor Rev. Wright crowed in church one Sunday morning.
Reflective of that typical self-flagellating position is Mary MacNamara, who wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Brody the terrorist is “driven by a need to hold America accountable for its sins.” And this makes him a character who is or will be “party to events that kill innocent people” – which “makes him a whole new breed of lead character, neither antihero nor villain.” No, being party to “events that kill innocent people” [this is leftist-speak for “acts of terrorism”] does most certainly make one a villain.
I’ve written elsewhere on FrontPage Mag that the only genres in which moviegoers can still find old-fashioned faceoffs of good versus evil are comic book adaptations like Captain America: The First Avenger and sword-and-sandal fantasies like Gladiator and 300. But when it comes to drama that’s grounded in our real world conflict with Islamic fundamentalists, Hollywood can’t or won’t shed its moral relativism and self-guilt.
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