fahrenheit 9-11

Quite a few people have written in and asked whether Id seen the movie and, if so, what I thought of it. I wasnt going to say anything about it, as I think its probably all been said on-line already, but heres my short review: Ive never liked a film so much that would, under normal circumstances, piss me off so much.

This is propaganda. But its propaganda that I happen to agree with, so I guess that makes it a bit more palatable.

I was talking about the film with someone a few days ago and he was of the opinion that the end in this particular case justified the means. Sure, he said, things are taken out of context and twisted so as to make Bush look worse than the facts might suggest on their own, but Americans are a stupid lot and they might need a shove to see the reality of the situation, which is that we were lied to and led into a war of choice by an administration who cared more about Iraq than the pursuit of bin Laden and those responsible for 9.11.

And thats all I have to say about it.

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  1. Mark
    Posted June 29, 2004 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I was just reading an interesting piece in the (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10713-2004Jun27.html) Washington Post that pretty much sums it up in the same way. Heres a clip:

    “Why did the mostly liberal crowd at last week’s Washington premiere–people who like to think of themselves as thoughtful and fair-minded–applaud so unrestrainedly?

    They applauded, I suspect, for much the same reason so many members of the black Christian middle-class applaud the harangues of Black Muslim minister Louis Farrakhan. Some of his facts may be wrong and some of his connections strained, but his attitude is right. What’s more, he’ll say in plain language what nice, educated people cannot bring themselves to say: The man is a devil.”

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