Hollywood Nitwit Films Again

August 31st, 2007 | by Sqotty |

Chickendove filmmaker Brian de Palma has shocked Venice audiences with his latest attack on the military, Redacted. Instead of making a film about the heroism of the men and women who have served our country honorably and well (unlike de Palma), de Palma instead chose as his subject matter a rape and killing that took place in Iraq.

This is not to say that all of our troops serve honorably without fail. We have the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal is an example, among others. Black chapters in our history.

From Reuters:

“The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening in Iraq to the American people,” he told reporters after a press screening.

“The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war,” he said.

There are far more examples of heroism and good that has come out of Iraq, far more than the very few isolated incidents of criminal behavior. Those who have committed atrocities in Iraq have faced charges and are serving prison sentences with a future reduced to being branded Federal Felons when they have completed their sentences and subsequently discharged. In the case of the incident that de Palma depicts, four of the five soldiers involved have been sentenced to military prison for a period of 5 to 110 years. It is safe to say that a couple of them won’t be getting out of prison any time soon.

Instead of focusing on the good deeds that are done every day, form giving toys and sports equipment to kids and the reconstruction of a country, de Palma and his Hollywood chickendove cronies prefer to focus on the evil perpetrated by a very few punks. Instead of showing the brutalities perpetrated by Saddam Hussein, and the courage of the troops that liberated a country that had suffered horrible degradations and mass murder, we get a detailed movie focusing on an isolated incident.

There are too few movies produced that show the good and honorable deeds of our Armed Forces. Hollywood would rather make films depicting American atrocities, rather than heroism. They would rather make films like Casualties of War rather than The Great Raid, We Were soldiers or The Green Berets.

This is not to say that ugly things did not occur, and, in fact, the incident de Palma focuses, the rape of a young girl and murder of her family, did happen. We know this to be a fact. We also know that the perps are in prison, serving very long sentences.

We also know that Al Qaeda in Iraq has perpetrated many horrendous crimes against the people of Iraq. One of the best documented incidents was written and photographed by Michael Yon, and published on his website. Why are we not seeing Hollywood produce a film depicting these important incidents? When they do, I will cut chickendove moviemakers like de Palma a little slack. Not much slack, but a little.

The film is listed as being slated for a limited American release and is expected to play better in Europe. No surprise there!


  1. 2 Responses to “Hollywood Nitwit Films Again”

  2. By mollyfurie on Sep 1, 2007 | Reply

    What no one wants to say is that This is War – not an aberation, but war as it has been practiced since the dawn of time. But what is it for? And what does it accomplish? The brutalization of the occupying army. The hatred of those occupied. The seeds of future war. And, in case of a republic chasing an imperial dream, the betrayal of self government. 80% of Iraqis want us OUT – unfortunately, the ‘democracy’ we have given them doesn’t include self-government, neither there, nor here, where an almost equal majority wants our troops home. All of us – Iraqis and Americans – trumped by Halliburton and the Big Money.

    IF the human race is to survive at all, we have bigger fish to fry. Get real.

  3. By sqotty on Sep 1, 2007 | Reply

    Yes, this is a war, however the brutality committed by lesser nations, such as those committed by Japan, Germany, and Russia during WW2, North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait, should not be equated by the rare instances of criminal behavior committed by a few American soldiers who should have known better and who are now serving stiff prison sentances.

    Even prior to the Liberation of Iraq, Hussein had murdered over half a million of his own people, even using chemical weapons on the Kurds.

    As for your factoid on the Iraqi people wanting us out, I have no idea where you are getting that from. Can you list a verifiable source? Otherwise, it is only a factoid as from what I have read the people of Iraq are increasingly supporting the mission now. As for a nearly equal number of Americans, again, that is simply a factoid with no actual facts to back it up. Or are you including the difference between those who want them home now, damn the cost in Iraqi lives, or bring them home Victorious in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    In the meantime, how about bringing our troops home from Germany, Italy, South Korea, Japan, and Kosovo, just to name a few places where we keep thousands of troops?

    You mention an “Imperial Dream.” Can you explain what that is, or have you bought, lock stock and barrel, the dogma of Karl Marx and his many followers, such as Lennin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Jong Il, Castro, Guevara, all of whom are mass murders and dictatorial tyrants. Throw Hugo Chavez in for good measure, except that he is not (yet) a mass murderer, just a tyrant.

    IF the human race is to survive at all, we have bigger fish to fry.

    Are you referring to Iran with its nuclear ambitions, or are you with Obama and referring to Pakistan?

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