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Hollywood's misunderstood terrorists By Victor Davis Hanson
Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 29, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 12/29/2005 7:05:24 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Hollywood's misunderstood terrorists

By Victor Davis Hanson

When terrorism goes to the movies in the post-Sept. 11 world, we might expect the plots, characters and themes to reflect some sort of believable reality. But in Hollywood, the politically correct impulse now overrides all else. Even the spectacular pyrotechnics, beautiful people and accomplished acting cannot hide it.

Instead, moviegoers can anticipate before the opening credits that those characters who work for the American government or are at war with terrorists will likely be portrayed as criminals, incompetents or people existing on the same moral plane as killers.

Take this fall's "Flightplan," in which the U.S. air marshal on board and a flight attendant turn out to be the true terrorists. Meanwhile, four Middle Eastern males are unfairly put under suspicion in the lynch-mob atmosphere on the plane.

The film warns us that the real threat after Sept. 11 is certainly not young Middle Eastern males on planes who might hijack or crash them into iconic American buildings. No, more dangerous in Hollywood's alternate universe are the flight officials themselves — who in reality on Sept. 11 battled terrorists only to have their throats cut before being blown up with all the passengers.

A slickly filmed "Syriana" is the worst of the recent releases. The film's problem is not just that it predictably presents the bad, ugly sheik as a puppet of American oil interests while the handsome and good independent crown price is assassinated for championing his oppressed people against Western hegemony. Or that the conniving corporate potentates have big bellies and Southern accents while the good-hearted, sloppily dressed George Clooney is double-crossed by his stylish, pampered CIA bosses safe in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bias; georgeclooney; hollyweird; hollywood; leftist; munich; spielberg; terrorism; vdh; victordavishanson
Link over to the JWR website and read this entire column. Professor Hanson has hit a bullseye.

This essay largely explains why I rarely go the the movies anymore. When I do go see a movie, it is usually based on word of mouth from people whom I trust have good sensibilities and good taste.

Surely Hollywood likes to make money. There is a goldmine awaiting any Hollywood producer who can make a movie about 9-11, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom that portrays America as a fundmentally decent nation and that portrays American citizens and soldiers as brave and idealistic.

I suppose that is expecting too much from the Tinseltown leftists, but there IS money to be made with such a concept...

1 posted on 12/29/2005 7:05:26 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
Hollywood's misunderstood terrorists

What part of the muslim motto "Death to America" do these leftist-idiots/traitors not understand?

2 posted on 12/29/2005 7:07:16 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: DogByte6RER

More wisdom from VDH in one column than of decades of hot air from the left and their socialist, communist, totalitarian lying friends.

Frankly, if idiots like these not only don't want to fight for their freedom they think will never go away but actually help the enemy they deserve their plight.

I'm sure Hollywood is on the terrorist top ten list.


3 posted on 12/29/2005 7:11:48 PM PST by Fledermaus (Please explain the difference between Al-Qaeda and the Left? Anyone? Anyone?)
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To: DogByte6RER
Actors, producers, screenwriters and directors of Southern California live in a bubble, where coast, climate and plentiful capital shield the film industry from the harsh world

Couple that with no understanding of history, and a low level of emotional maturity, and voila, there you have it. The reason why Hollywood is having a harder time making movies for Americans is that they're out of touch with everyone outide their increasingly shrinking bubble.

4 posted on 12/29/2005 7:16:00 PM PST by Steel Wolf (If the Founders had wanted the President to be spying on our phone calls, they would have said so!)
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To: Paul C. Jesup

"What part of the muslim motto "Death to America" do these leftist-idiots/traitors not understand?"

You're kidding, right? That is exactly what they also want!!


5 posted on 12/29/2005 7:16:12 PM PST by aquila48
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To: aquila48
You're kidding, right? That is exactly what they also want!!So they want to die in a nuclear fireball.
6 posted on 12/29/2005 7:22:51 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Fledermaus

Bookmark this keeper of a column.


7 posted on 12/29/2005 7:23:11 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: DogByte6RER
There is a goldmine awaiting any Hollywood producer who can make a movie about 9-11, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom that portrays America as a fundmentally decent nation and that portrays American citizens and soldiers as brave and idealistic.

Bruce Willis has said he plans to make a film based on Deuce Four - Bruce Willis to make Pro-American Movie, from Michael Yon's blog, one of the most outstanding views of the Iraq war from the ground to date. A man among the muck.

8 posted on 12/29/2005 7:23:48 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Paul C. Jesup
What part of the muslim motto "Death to America" do these leftist-idiots/traitors not understand

they understand it perfectly well...it is their goal as well

9 posted on 12/29/2005 7:24:40 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Paul C. Jesup

They ndon't consider themselves Americans..they are citzens of the world....like the missionary in Sand Pebbles, they'll meet the same end.


10 posted on 12/29/2005 7:26:52 PM PST by wildcatf4f3 (the friend of my enemy is my enemy)
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To: Paul C. Jesup
What part of the muslim motto "Death to America" do these leftist-idiots/traitors not understand?

Maybe they hear it as "Death to Bush's America"?
11 posted on 12/29/2005 7:27:30 PM PST by Lord Basil (Hate isn't a family value; it's a liberal one.)
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To: DogByte6RER
If Hollywood wants to know why attendance is down, it is not just the misdemeanor sin of warping reality but the artistic felony that it does so in such a predictable manner.

This column is right on. I used to avoid seeing many movies, because most were not either funny, intelligent, clever, interesting, or well-acted. Now, in addition to those reasons, I don't go to many movies because I know more about the people behind them - crass, self-absorbed, money-obsessed, simple-minded, anti-American.

12 posted on 12/29/2005 7:28:51 PM PST by gotribe (Hillary: Accessory to Rape)
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To: DogByte6RER
There is a goldmine awaiting any Hollywood producer who can make a movie about 9-11, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom that portrays America as a fundamentally decent nation and that portrays American citizens and soldiers as brave and idealistic.

That is not even a stretch of the imagination. They won't do it. They are too out of touch.

13 posted on 12/29/2005 7:29:03 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Lord Basil

Ahhh, I believe you have nailed the jello to the wall.
Great Observation, Spot on.


14 posted on 12/29/2005 7:37:04 PM PST by mother22wife21 ( Read to your Children.)
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To: aquila48

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend"

In the history of man no other record is observed.


15 posted on 12/29/2005 7:39:39 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: Paul C. Jesup

They want to destroy everything america stands for - its institutions, values, government, infrastructures...

I heartly recommend a book by David Horowitz, an ex rabid lefty turned into a rabid conservative - "Radical Son". It provides a vivid insight into americas left - their motives, their agenda, strategies and tactics for achieving their ends, from someone who's seen it first hand.

He also has a web magazine, frontpagemag.com, as well as another of his sites, http://discoverthenetwork.com/, which is a growing compendium of leftist organizations and their interrelationships.


16 posted on 12/29/2005 7:49:08 PM PST by aquila48
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To: DogByte6RER

McCarthy was right about Hollyweird.


17 posted on 12/29/2005 7:58:07 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: aquila48

both Hollywood types and Tv journalists take themselves way too seriously. aLaura Ingram got it right. They should shut up and sing. C-span sometimes shows scholars with real expertise. Hanson has a good sense of history.


18 posted on 12/29/2005 8:00:29 PM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: DogByte6RER
HollyWeird Sux!
Click the Pic J

19 posted on 12/29/2005 8:03:05 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Paul C. Jesup
They understand.

Visit any major Hollywood studio and you will notice several obvious layers of physical protection they have erected around their property since 9/11.

It probably gives them a false sense of security.

20 posted on 12/29/2005 8:16:47 PM PST by TeleStraightShooter (When Frist exercises his belated Constitutional "Byrd option", Reid will have a "Nuclear Reaction".)
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To: DogByte6RER
in Hollywood the truth has been assassinated
21 posted on 12/29/2005 8:21:18 PM PST by prfix
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To: Tolik

Ping


22 posted on 12/29/2005 8:25:42 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: aquila48

I don't think they do. Why do I say that? Because I don't think Hollywood really understands what's going on, and that the terrorist really want to kill them. For them it's just a game.


23 posted on 12/29/2005 8:35:41 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: DogByte6RER; neverdem; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; yonif; SJackson; dennisw; ...


    Victor Davis Hanson Ping ! 

       Let me know if you want in or out.

Links: FR Index of his articles:  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=victordavishanson 
His website: http://victorhanson.com/     NRO archive: http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson-archive.asp

24 posted on 12/30/2005 6:40:06 AM PST by Tolik
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To: DogByte6RER
For as long as I can remember, I've seen at least one movie every holiday: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years...

This year, though, I really had no interest in seeing ANYTHING. I'm that alienated from Hollywood and its values. Going to the movies just isn't fun anymore. Buying a ticket feels like a contribution to the American liberal madrass.

25 posted on 12/30/2005 7:17:37 AM PST by RedRover
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To: DogByte6RER
At the rate Hollyweird is going, soon it will be filled only with aspiring waiters and waitresses, hoping for a gig - but finding it only in the ubiquitous porn movies.

Practically nothing they put out on the big screen is worth watching.

26 posted on 12/30/2005 7:33:55 AM PST by Gritty ("Americans cannot escape the final showdown with Islam" - Barbara Stock)
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To: DogByte6RER

Self-haters in a Self-hating industry!


27 posted on 12/30/2005 7:42:28 AM PST by Brofholdonow
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To: DogByte6RER

I'm sure the NYT, LA Times, Washington Post, NPR, Public television, etc., will give these films four weasels up as soon as they stop hysterically bending over each other praising the film about the two "cowboys".


28 posted on 12/30/2005 7:57:35 AM PST by Brofholdonow
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To: Paul C. Jesup
What part of the muslim motto "Death to America" do these leftist-idiots/traitors not understand?

I think the right question is; "Which part do they disagree with?"

29 posted on 12/30/2005 8:00:48 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: DogByte6RER

One point that Dr. Hanson doesn't make:

These movies are distributed worldwide, and contribute to the anti-American sentiment abroad. I believe that Hollywood has done more damage to the American image abroad over the last 20 years than any other group or individual. They have consistently portrayed American interests as evil, and American culture as amoral.


30 posted on 12/30/2005 8:30:09 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: TeleStraightShooter

I think they are scared. They don't want any fatwahs or dog poisonings, so they just ignore the most compelling issue of our time and appease the CAIR pitbulls.

During and after WWII, there wasn't much to fear from U.S. Nazis, so filmmakers could portray them as the devils they were.


31 posted on 12/30/2005 11:38:13 AM PST by bukkdems (If this global warming gets out of hand, we can use some of that nuclear winter.)
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To: Brofholdonow

"Self-haters in a Self-hating industry!"

Those pathologic narcissists do not hate themselves, quite the opposite. They only hate the rest of us.


32 posted on 12/30/2005 12:02:39 PM PST by KamperKen
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To: aquila48

"Radical Son",Great book.Read "Treason" by Ann Coulter?also nails the lib/dem mindset:)


33 posted on 12/30/2005 12:52:51 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: FlingWingFlyer
McCarthy was right about Hollyweird.

Actually, he wasn't. Senator McCarthy was right about communists in the State and Defense Departments. The House Un-American Activities Committee was right about the communists in Hollyweird.

34 posted on 12/30/2005 1:38:28 PM PST by xsysmgr
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To: Thombo2

""Radical Son",Great book.Read "Treason" by Ann Coulter?also nails the lib/dem mindset:)"

I agree!


35 posted on 12/30/2005 7:42:22 PM PST by aquila48
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To: RedRover

"Going to the movies just isn't fun anymore. Buying a ticket feels like a contribution to the American liberal madrass."

Great way of looking at it. That sums up my feelings about the whole situation as well.

When there ARE movies I want to see (mainly foreign or the old classics) my library is a great place to borrow them. I mean, it's my tax dollars supporting my library, anyway. A decent plot and excellent acting is good at any time. I've never understood the thrill of rushing out to see something the moment it comes out in the theaters. If it "has legs" it'll be around for a long while, anyway. I mean, I didn't read "To Kill a Mockingbird" until five years ago. It was still as excellent a read today as when it was first published. :)


36 posted on 01/06/2006 10:57:07 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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