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Monday, July 12, 2004

Stupid White Movie

Not that anyone who's lived for any period of time outside North America doesn't know this, but still a good read.

Here's an article:- "Stupid White Movie What Michael Moore Misses About the Empire"

Snippets from Counterpunch's website:-
The claim that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a conservative movie may strike some as ludicrous. But the film endorses one of the central lies that Americans tell themselves, that the U.S. military fights for our freedom. This construction of the military as a defensive force obscures the harsh reality that the military is used to project U.S. power around the world to ensure dominance, not to defend anyone's freedom, at home or abroad...

...Instead of confronting this mythology, Moore ends the film with it....

...but Moore's narration implies that somehow a glorious tradition of U.S. military endeavors to protect freedom has now been sullied by the Iraq War...

The millions of dead around the world -- in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia -- as a result of U.S. military actions and proxy wars don't care which U.S. party was pulling the strings and pulling the trigger when they were killed. It's true that much of the world hates Bush. It's also true that much of the world has hated every post-WWII U.S. president. And for good reasons...

...It is quite another to pander to the lies this country tells itself about the military...

...It's hard to understand how we can do that by repeating the lies of the people who plan, and benefit from, those wars....

...if we beat Bush and go back to "normal," we're all in trouble. Normal is empire building. Normal is U.S. domination, economic and military, and the suffering that vulnerable people around the world experience as a result...

...feelings are not analysis, and the film's analysis, unfortunately, doesn't go much beyond the feeling: It's all Bush's fault...

...Rallying around the film can too easily lead to rallying around bad analysis.

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