Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

More things to worry about the Left's hagiographies of evil

I've blogged already about my doubts that, given his statements about "fairness" and humanity," Spielberg's new movie about the massacre of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympics will be anything but painful (and that's separate from my kneejerk dislike of Spielberg's style). Here's newer (at least to me) and even scarier (at least to me) information about the minds behind the upcoming movie:

Tony Kushner, the virulently socialist playwright and author of the homosexual propaganda piece "Angels in America," penned the screenplay to "Munich." Kushner, who laughably stated in the Time piece that he "never like[s] to draw lessons for people," calls the establishment of the State of Israel "for the Jewish people a historical, moral, political calamity … I wish the modern Israel hadn't been born." He slanders the Israeli Defense Forces, snootily declaring, "I deplore the brutal and illegal tactics of the Israeli Defense Forces in the occupied territories … Jews, of all people, with our history of suffering, should refuse to treat our fellow human beings like that." Allowing Kushner to write what will probably be seen as the definitive movie on the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics is somewhat like allowing Ramsey Clark to write the definitive account of United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Kushner's mindset -- and presumably Spielberg's, since the latter hired the former -- denotes a marked foolishness with regard to good and evil. Spielberg told Time that "Tony Kushner and I and the actors did not demonize anyone in the film. We don't demonize our targets. They're individuals. They have families." This is the problem: Today's left, and the Hollywood left in particular, sees everyone as human. Hitler was an individual; Hitler had a family. Presumably, Hitler's mother was fond of him as a child. Hitler had a woman who loved him. He liked animals. Does this make Hitler less of a demon?
Interestingly (to me, at least) Ben Shapiro makes precisely the same point about the Left's constantly trying to redeem the irredeemable by dressing them up in pretty clothes that I made here and here. What makes Shapiro's writing better than mine is that he takes his disdain for this tactic to the next level, and points out how evil it is to ignore evil:
But to Spielberg and his ilk, hatred of evil is the problem. "Somewhere inside all this intransigence there has to be a prayer for peace," Spielberg explained. "Because the biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. The biggest enemy in the region is intransigence." In a sense, this is true -- but only in the same sense in which Polish intransigence in failing to immediately surrender to Hitler was the cause of World War II. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not all that complicated, despite the "nuanced" gloss leftists like Spielberg wish to place upon it. One population, the Jews, wish to live in peace and security in their homeland -- and they have repeatedly demonstrated, to the point of insanity, their desire to be left alone (see Oslo Accords). Another population, the Arab population, wishes to throw the Jews out of their homeland and into the sea, and will brook no compromise in pursuit of that goal.
The column's longer than the bits I quoted from here, and it really is well worth reading, especially if you're thinking about seeing the movie. At least you'll know what dirty glasses the writer and director were looking through when they created the movie. UPDATE: Missing link problem fixed.