Friday, August 31, 2007

Casualties of Peace

Yesterday, Brian De Palma's "Redacted" screened at the Venice Film Festival.



..............Where are the Hollywood conservatives at a time when no less than 8 anti-war movies are coming out at this critical juncture?

David Gritten writes,
there's no doubt Redacted packs an extraordinary emotional punch. It ends with shocking still photos of Iraqis, dead, disfigured or in extreme distress because of the war. This montage left the audience at a Venice press screening stunned, silent and in a few cases tearful. The combination of De Palma's visceral style and the horrifying subject matter left me reeling.
What about cutting off faces with piano wire? Blowtorching, eye-removal, drilling holes? Baking children and serving them up to the parents? What about the atrocity of insurgents strapping a suicide vest onto a child with Down's Syndrome, and then sending him off to explode? Using children as decoys to drive a car bomb through a checkpoint? Or perhaps using children as human shields? Just plain using children. What does Brian De Palma's film have to say about these atrocities? That we're responsible for these as well, because we're "over there"? That al-Qaeda and insurgent atrocities are "isolated" cases, whereas the story about the rape of a 14 year old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers in his fictionalized account of it, is typical and representative of our military?

As one commenter, Zhangliqun, on Dennis Prager's blog points out,
If this is an indictment of American involvement in Iraq, what does it say about the UN, who sent rapist "peace keepers" into Africa?

Or about Socialism, whose soldiers were actually ORDERED by Stalin to rape German women when they invaded Germany?

[redacted] Or what about all the rapists in jail, the overwhelming majority of which vote Democrat if they vote at all? [/redacted]

Oh, by the way, there were incidents of American soldiers raping German women in WW2 also. I suppose the fear of such a possibility should have left Hitler in power. And Tojo.
Should we hold our soldiers to a higher standard? Of course! We don't need Brian De Palma's film to achieve that. All that De Palma's film does, is it serves al-Qaeda and all the anti-American forces that are working against America and her self-interests; and America's self-interest just so happens to coincide with what is in the best interest of Iraq. Arrogance? You tell me.

America has done more good for the world than evil. What is evil, is magnifying an evil act and distorting the perception that this is the normal behavior of what is the best military in the world; a military that has gone above and beyond what any military in the history of conflict has ever done to avoid civilian casualties.

De Palma, 66, whose "Casualties of War" in 1989 told a similar tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film's images, all based on real material he found on the Internet.

"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.

F**k you, De Palma!

Just which reality is he referring to? Showing the horrible images of war and violent death is not an indictment on the necessity to fight this war; it's an indictment to stick your head in the sand and avoid all wars. The absence of war does not equate with bringing about peace.

"Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of justice, of law, of order- in short, of government."-Albert Einstein

"They have not wanted peace at all; they have wanted to be spared war- as though the absence of war was the same as peace."- Dorothy Thompson

For those with the stomach for it, (especially for those Venice Film Festival attendees who had their emotion-strings tugged by Brian De Palma's film, lapping up the propaganda) I recommend you click here for some mild but effective counter images.

It boggles my mind that the peace fascists who hold up signs and photos of dead Iraqi babies is somehow supposed to convince me that ending the war on their terms will somehow cause such images as dead Iraqi babies to go away.

Which side has slaughtered more Muslims? Al-Qaeda, or the U.S.? Which side makes every effort- to minimize collateral damage (and consequently putting our soldiers' lives at greater risk) and which side deliberately targets civilian casualties to splash across headline news?

Which side builds hospitals, mosques, schools, and infrastructure? Which side shows greater kindness and compassion toward the Iraqi children?

Which side is attempting to bring peace and security to the Iraqi people, and which side wishes to sabotage efforts for peace, subjugate a populace, and create a caliphate as a launching pad for more conflicts and greater wars with the world at large?

A host of anti-war Hollywood movies are on the horizon, and they are rooting for defeat and retreat. The "compassion" of the anti-war left ignores reality and consequence. They crave for peace without consideration that peace is not achieved by "bring the troops home"/"peace is patriotic"/"books not bombs"/ mantras. Removing us from the field of battle does not achieve peace at all. Fighting and defeating our enemies, does.

The casualties of peace- the kind of peace that the anti-war left advocates for- will bring more suffering; not less.

Previous Flopping Aces posts, related:
Sean Penn visit to Chavez
More Leftist Propaganda from Hollywood
Hollywood Set to Launch Anti-War Movies In Time For The Election

Hat tip for this post:
Confederate Yankee
Dennis Prager
Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Also blogging:
Bloviating Zeppelin
Now for Something Different
The Oxford Medievalist

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Anonymous Arthur Stone said...

Or what about all the rapists in jail, the overwhelming majority of which vote Democrat if they vote at all?


And the guy at Dennis Pragers blog know this how?

Thanks for checking this.

Friday, August 31, 2007 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Great post, Wordsmith. I agree with your opinion of De Palma. Always easy to bash, I guess. If he'd open his eyes or his mind, he'd see the worthwhile actions, too.

Friday, August 31, 2007 6:25:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Interestingly enough, arthur, that was the part of his comment that I had a question mark on myself. I should have proof read when I went back to cut-and-paste for this post. I'll "redact" it for now, and cherry-pick what I think were good points in his comment.

Why don't you be a nice boy, and do the research for me? And report back here promptly with relevant links. Thank you.

karen, Dennis Prager called him anti-American. I wouldn't go so far. I think like many lefties, he's just horribly misguided. He's doing what he thinks is right for his country. Just like Robert Redford, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, and all the other misguided cretins.

Friday, August 31, 2007 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Stealing my moonbats again Wordsmith?

Well, you can keep "Arthur."

He's been exposed as a liar and a fraud so many times I've lost count.

Ask him if there are "links" between Saddam and Al Queda if you want to have some real fun.

Oh, and this from the Weekly Standard:

Tim Robbins is out there saying that Americans have killed 400,000 Iraqi citizens.

Perhaps "Arthur" the slandering fact checker could look into that one.

These people will say ANYTHING to weaken the United States in a time of war and apparently don't care at all that it strengthens the truly evil forces like Al Queda and the Iranians Mullahs.

Friday, August 31, 2007 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

And does Redacted make any mention of how disgusted the American Military members were with the monsters who perpetrated this crime? We were the FIRST ones calling for them to pay.

I'm sure that's not shown, though.

So, why is it that the American Military are judged by the few that are monsters (and punished to the fullest extent of the law for their conduct), while the terrorists are judged by the nonexistant - i.e., the terrorists that really want peace but were driven to war by the occupation?

How did the terrorists get the benefit of the doubt here, and how did we military folk lose it?

Saturday, September 01, 2007 8:33:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You a way, this obsessing over an atypical incident amongst our soldiers and shining the spotlight, is akin to our inability to draw perspective on numbers. Nevermind that 4,200 Taliban have been killed this year alone....what we focus on is the 438 of our soldiers who have been killed since the conflict began with the removal of the Taliban. Same thing with Iraq. We don't give context and consideration for what their sacrifices may bring the world and to this country (if you are against the war).

Saturday, September 01, 2007 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Skye said...

This is a desperate attempt, and one that should be matched with the truth about Iraq, our Soldiers and Freedom.

The advent of Democratic Senators actually admitting to the undeniable truth of the success of the surge is going to bring out this viciousness by the left.

They have to win, and if that means the death Iraqis and Americans - then so be it.

Saturday, September 01, 2007 4:22:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Check the links in the comment section from Instapilot.

Friday, September 07, 2007 11:27:00 PM  

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