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Post "American Sniper": A Different Take on Chris Kyle
Created by John Eipper on 01/29/15 8:01 AM

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"American Sniper": A Different Take on Chris Kyle (Massoud Malek, USA, 01/29/15 8:01 am)

Not long ago, the Nazis made propaganda films that depicted the Germans as superior to everyone else who were not worthy of breathing. There was a time when Hollywood made war movies such as Apocalypse Now, to show the ugly face of war and to prove that the invasion of Vietnam was wrong. Today, with American Sniper, we are cheering for a movie that shows us a murderer fighting in an illegal war, in a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 and did not have any weapons of mass destruction.

While the movie American Sniper glorifies Chris Kyle, a psychopath murderer who left his country to murder people who happened to speak the same language as the 9/11 terrorists, it portrays Iraqi men, women, and even children who fought defending their land against their invaders, as demons who use screwdrivers to kill traitors.

In the last few weeks I have read WAIS posts telling me that God didn't create all the people equal. Those who follow Muhammad are people who commit barbaric acts. No one blames men like Chris Kyle and their actions, and they are the reason we now have ISIS. Clint Eastwood tells us basically the same thing: "If you are an American, then you are good, but if you are Iraqi, then your life has very little value." This is the first time that Clint Eastwood's movie is making so much money, all because many Americans love to see Arabs being killed in the back by single bullets.

In his autobiography of the same title, Chris Kyle (whose first target was a little boy), wrote:

"The enemy are savages and despicably evil. My only regret is that I didn't kill more... If you see anyone from about sixteen to sixty-five and they're male, shoot them. Kill every male you see."

JE comments: Don't all Clint Eastwood films make a lot of money? I think Massoud Malek meant that American Sniper is poised to out-earn them all.

Massoud Malek's post will generate some pushback.  I'm having a hectic day and would prefer to stay out of this, but my job is to mediate.   Here's another point to think about:  is demonizing the enemy as savages and evil encarnate the American way to wage war?  Also, what image of America will the film portray in other countries?  

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