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Hollywood and the Iraq War

Through false stories such as Newsweek’s account of U.S. personnel flushing a Koran down a toilet, our media have done a good job of recruiting more members for the hate-America terrorists. But they have done enormous damage to U.S. military recruiting in the global war on terror. Bill Maher of Time Warner’s HBO epitomized this trend when he referred to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as low-lying fruit.

Popular radio host and author Michael Medved points to another ominous trend: the failure by Hollywood to celebrate the sacrifice and heroism of our troops fighting Islamic terrorism. He says it used to be the case that Hollywood films would glorify the American fighting man and express sympathy for the American cause. That was certainly the case in World War II. That was the “good war.”

But that’s not the case any more.

In 1987, Medved notes, Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone received an award from the ACLU and referred to the “Darth-Vadian Empire of the United States” that “must pay for its many sins in the future. I think America has to bleed. I think the corpses have to pile up. I think American boys have to die again. Let the mothers weep and mourn.”

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 depicted life under Saddam Hussein as carnivals and kite-flying for children. Moore wrote on his web site that he regarded Iraqi terrorists as the equivalent of America’s revolutionary war heroes. His film depicts U.S. soldiers as brutal killers of the innocent.

Some might say that the Michael Moore approach is an aberration. Yet Medved notes that Hollywood is already out with a film, The Jacket, which begins by showing American troops committing atrocities during the first Persian Gulf War. Other Persian Gulf war films are Courage Under Fire, about a friendly-fire incident and a military cover-up,  and Three Kings, about four U.S. soldiers, disillusioned by Operation Desert Storm, stealing gold hijacked from Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s army.    

In a lecture at Hillsdale College, Medved writes that “war movies have changed in a fundamental way” and a “dangerous way for the health of our culture and for the strength of our republic.”

But not only is Hollywood unwilling to celebrate the brave battle of our troops against Islamic terrorism, Hollywood even fails to recognize the nature of the enemy.

Medved notes that a new film called The Pacifier, starring Vin Diesel, involves a NAVY Seal who rescues a government scientist from terrorists. But the terrorists turn out to be Serbians from the former Yugoslavia.

Medved asks, “How many Americans do you know who go to sleep at night worried about an attack on our homeland from Serbian terrorists?”

Medved also notes that in the movie version of Tom Clancy’s Sum of All Fears, the Islamic terrorists were transformed into European neo-Nazis.

In the popular Fox television show 24, the terrorists who are trying to detonate a nuclear bomb on U.S. soil were Muslim. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was so upset and put so much pressure on Fox that it forced the network to air public service announcements making the obvious claim that not all Muslim are terrorists. CAIR also claimed that network representatives had also “removed some aspects that could potentially be viewed as stereotypical.” As we said in a commentary on this, “Fox is sheepish when it comes to standing up to the Muslim lobby.”

But Hollywood is sheepish in telling the truth about the Islamic terrorists and the courageous war being waged by our military forces against them. It’s easier to pick on the Serbs than the real enemies in radical Islam.