Monday, December 26, 2005

About "Munich"

The Israeli team lived in this building during the 20th Olympic games from 21st August until 5th September 1972. On 5th September the following were brutally killed...

David Berger, Seew Friedman, Josef Gutfreund, Elieser Halfin, Josef Romano, Amizur Shapira, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Jaakow Springer, Mosche Weinberger

To their remembrance.

Judith Weiss has been collecting information and writing about Steven Spielberg's new movie. Her collection includes this Washington Post piece. The effort at moral equivalence could not be more clearly stated:
McCurry met with Spielberg in early 2004, and outlined the issues. "Anytime you're dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian question, it tends to be a zero-sum game. People believe if one side wins, the other side loses." The movie, he told producers, required "unique positioning and a nontraditional launch." [In order to avoid saying that the terrorists are bad and the Israelis are good, both must be good. - ed.]

To that end, McCurry recruited Middle East peace negotiator Dennis Ross for a series of high-brow advance screenings and panel discussions in New York and Washington for leading policy experts, academics, diplomats, politicians and press. The goal: to drive home the point that Spielberg didn't try to spin the story in favor of one side or the other, and to inject the film into the current debate about the appropriate response to terrorism.
There is hope that Spielberg's Leftism™™ will produce a beneficial reaction as people begin to look into it themselves. Judith writes:
What I do hope is that the film will be a catalyst for the kind of fact-gathering I've tried to do here, so that more people will learn the true story, how reprehensible the Palestinian terrorists and their European enablers were and are, and how the decades of global rationalizing of terrorism set the stage for 9-11 and Iran's nuclear threat.
I hope so too. Go read Judith's piece.

Also, I would surely hate to see any of my hard-earned money contribute to Mr. Spielberg's inability to see the difference between killing athletes and killing terrorists, so I don't think I'll be wasting any on this self-aggandizement movie.

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