Friday, August 31, 2007

A New Low in Anti-Warism

VENICE (Reuters) - A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.

"Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition...

"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.

UPDATE:

Additionally, in light of NFL QB Michael Vick's admissions of supporting the brutal sport of dogfighting, De Palma called for the immediate deportation of "every black person in America."

"The reality of what is happening in America's black community - dogfighting, drugs, violence, etc. should incense the American people. I hope they realize that the only thing that can save our country are interment camps and mass deportations."

Actually, De Palma's statements are so offensive they are beyond satirizing.

It appears that De Palma, who's career has been floundering since his 1990 butchering of Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," is hoping to win his way back into the affections of the Hollywood community by slandering members of America's military by painting them as a bunch of blood-thirsty rapists.

If he thinks the "reality of what is happening Iraq" can be summed by the actions of a handful of renegade soldiers, he is as pathetically twisted and deranged as Osama bin Laden.

For, if that is the "reality" of our involvement in Iraq, the terrorists are right to want to see us all dead.

But, of course, it's not. No reasonable person, no reasonable critic of this war could believe what De Palma is trying to sell and they should say so, quickly and definitively.

In the meantime, our enemies have found another Useful Idiot, this one of epic proportions, in their propaganda war against America and the west.

UPDATE II:

And, by the way, just who does Mr. De Palma think brought the soldiers in question to justice?

It wasn't the Iraqi government or the U.N. or the World Court.

It was the American military, who investigated, tried and found five men guilty of murder and rape. The ringleader got sentenced to 110 years in prison. Though, I bet if it were put to a vote of the American people, he'd have gotten the death penalty.

In Saddam Hussein's Iraq, military personnel were actually encouraged and promoted for committing such crimes. Saddam's use of rape and murder to oppress the Iraqi people was common and well documented by human rights organizations around the world.

How's that for a little reality?

De Palma's comments just show how incredibly ignorant and stupid he is.

Instead of just letting his movie speak for itself, he announces to the world how he wishes it to be taken; as an indictment of a gratuitously cruel America with its evil war machine of dehumanized human robots.

Yeah, that's this guy (just scroll down a little.) That's what he's all about.

If De Palma actually believes his own tripe, how could he even think about returning to live in America. Maybe he doesn't. Here's hoping.

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Blogger David Diano said...

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August 31, 2007 at 3:40 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

So, as expected, put Mr. Diano down as an anti-war critic who can't even muster the decency to defend the honor of American troops in general.

He and De Palma are birds of a feather.

And the Left wonders why people question their "support for the troops."

The fact is, many on the Left don't support, respect, or even like the troops. David, now proudly includes himself among them.

He his has outted himself as a U.S. soldier-hating liberal. Maybe that makes him a Neolib.

Old fashioned liberals used to support our soldiers while they were in Harm's Way even if they disagreed with the mission.

Neolibs feel no compunction to do so, and don't hesitate to slander them as a group.

You can't get any lower than that.

August 31, 2007 at 4:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you know about military discipline and standards Sir? Obviously not much. The standards are being upheld and the discipline is more strict than any other segment of American Society.

Service members are human beings. Whenever you put 100,000+ human beings into a geographical area, crimes are going to be committed by those 100,000 people in that geographical area. And yes, just like any other segment of society, there are going to be crimes that are committed, that go unreported. I'm sorry I had to be the one to break this to you, but the real world that you pretend not to live in, is a mean place sometimes. I know this is hard for you, but there are bad people wandering around out there that do bad things to other people. Naive people like yourself are some of their favorite targets.

Only a fool would blame "the current administration" for these actions. They are no more at fault for this than you are.

Ed

August 31, 2007 at 4:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. I'm new to this. My comments were directed to David Diano's post.

August 31, 2007 at 5:02 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Welcome to Spencerblog, Ed. You'll get the hang of it.

August 31, 2007 at 5:22 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 1, 2007 at 12:59 AM 
Anonymous Ed said...

Mr Diano,

I disagree with you on your point that the military is outside of American Society. They are men and women, many of whom are citizen soldiers of the Reserves or National Guard. They (including active duty soldiers outside of basic training) live a normal life just like you and I when they're not fighting a war.

I agree with you that the military has a responsibility to "Society" to screen, train and care for our soldiers so the carry out their mission without malice. I know that they do this better than any other Armed Services in the world. What are you basing your comments on?

I find your assertion that "Under this administration, the military leadership has failed to adhere to it's previous standards and the troops are left without the proper training in handling prisoners, perceived enemies and criminals in their ranks" very intriguing. What other administration has overseen an Army at war for nearly six years? The Johnson Administration?

Come on man, of course no soldiers raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl during the Clinton Administration. I hate to break it to you but soldiers commit crimes all over the world today, including rape, murder and every other crime, just as they did when I was a Military Policeman in the 90's when Bill Clinton was the President. As far as training, we have the most highly trained and technologically advanced military in the world.

I am anonymous Ed, but only because I don't know what I'm doing yet!

September 1, 2007 at 3:37 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

So, "to be clear" David Diano accepts the "reality" of Iraq as offered by Hollywood movie director De Palma.

De Palma sees America's military intervention there as a rape, that can be summed up by a specific case.

His stated goal is to show the American people images that will further turn them against the war. And he is willing to portray our troops in the most negative light possible with that goal in mind.

As a filmmaker/propagandist he's right up there with Leni Reisfenstahl. They belong on opposite two sides of the same coin.

Contrary to what Diano claims (based on no evidence whatever) the U.S. troops currently fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are the best equipped, best trained and fittest fighting force in the history of the world, something soldier turned journalist Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has pointed out many times. So have many others who actually know something about our actual military.

Diano's hatred of the Bush Administration is so total that he'll use anything and say anything to bash it, this now includes lying about the general character and abilities of our troops.

They murder civilians recklessly and with "malice." They "shoot first" and "ask questions later..." But it's NOT THEIR FAULT. It's Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney's fault.

Our poor, ill-trained, ill-educated military, David Diano feels for them.

"I support the troops by advocating they return home."

And to that end he'll say (and believe) any low thing, any guilt-by-association slander, that can be hurled at them.

What would they do without David Diano's wonderful "support"?

Not only does Diano fail to repudiate De Palma's noxious view of the American military, he embraces it.

That puts him in the Cindy Sheehan/ Michael Moore wing of the Democratic party.

When asked, Diano refuses to defend the honor of the the troops in general because under their current leadership they have no honor and so are not worthy of respect.

They are only worthy of Diano's patronizing sympathy, phony as it is.

That's the face of America's anti-war Left.

Lovely, isn't it?

September 1, 2007 at 9:19 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 1, 2007 at 11:49 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

No, he better not stop.

For the minute he does, it becomes evident that his attempt to change the subject and avoid the issue -- De Palma's using a single and terrible crime to implicate and slander the entire U.S. military -- fails miserably.

He simply refuses to address the original question.

Diano does not and will not repudiate De Palma's propaganda effort. Obviously, because he supports it.

It is one thing to criticize, it is another to propagandize and slander.

Leftists are always claiming their "patriotism" is being questioned, (like Diano does) even when it isn't.

I haven't questioned Diano's patriotism. I've questioned his claim of "supporting the troops."

I've questioned his decency, his character and his judgement.
But not his patriotism.

I'll leave that for others to judge and draw their own conclusions.

September 1, 2007 at 4:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DePalma reality or Spencer reality?

September 1, 2007 at 5:07 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 1, 2007 at 5:50 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Not the film. His words.
The prosecution rests.

September 1, 2007 at 6:46 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 1, 2007 at 7:08 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

David Diano has "spoke." And spoke and spoke.
Again, readers can judges his views and comments for themselves.

September 1, 2007 at 8:58 PM 
Anonymous Ed said...

I question the patriotism of every person who intentionally lies, misleads, misstates, misquotes, twists the truth or uses half truths to paint a bad picture of the President of the United States or members of Congress regardless of their political affiliation. If someone screws up, I'm all for talking about it. When you make things up or twist the truth because you want to make the President of the United States out to be a criminal, you only succeed in making yourself sound like a fool to people who know you're slinging crap. The problem is there are people who will hear your B.S. and believe it is true, without finding out that your crap has been stirred in the liberal toilet bowl and they think it's gospel.


Lying about and slandering the President of the United States is at the very least unpatriotic.

If you are intentionally defaming the highest offices in our country with false and misleading statements without proof than yes your patriotism should be questioned.

September 2, 2007 at 12:13 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 2, 2007 at 3:56 AM 
Anonymous Ed said...

Relax there superstar. Let's slow it down here and take a look at what you are saying.

Gonzalez/Bush are the first AG/President to clean house for political reasons. Huh?

The "illegal wiretaps" which I assume you are referring to Law Enforcement wiretaps done under the color of the Patriot Act, are illegal. And how? God forbid we give the cops a tool they can use to catch bad guys.

You bristled when someone questions your patriotism, while you trash the President of the United States and champion the "rights" of enemy combatants (aka terrorists who would kill you and everyone you know if given the chance). WTF?

Ignoring the reality on the ground... And just how long should it take to start a new country from scratch? Oh and uh, if we pull all of our troops out and we don't fight the terrorists over there, where do you think we'll be fighting them? Your backyard or mine?

You're so anti-republican and pro-democrat, you can convince yourself of anything.

September 3, 2007 at 9:22 AM 
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