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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Spielberg puts appeasement above truth in Munich

I have wanted to post on the Spielber movie "Munich" for a few days and am glad I waited because my folks have sent me a commentary on the movie from the local newspaper the Daily Herald. The premise is that the movie is based on a fake version of events. The author Chaya Gil begins with a description that the movie:
"... is supposedly based on what happened after 11 Israeli athletes were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists in September 1972, in the Olympic Village in Munich."
Spielberg has an opportunity to give a movie with an anti-terrorist theme, but instead he sells out his own people and his own soul to produce an alternate reality. Gil states:
"The movie doesn’t provide the context necessary to understand why Israel went after the terrorists responsible for the massacre of the innocent athletes. Nor does it point out that after the athletes were taken hostage, the German government refused to allow the Israeli security forces to help in saving them. Nor does it mention that several weeks after Germany botched the rescue, the German government released the four captured terrorists in exchange for a Lufthansa airplane hijacked by Palestinians."
With leaving out such critical information, can we next expect Spielberg to launch a joint effort with the new Iranian president showing Germany during WWII with the holocaust suspiciously absent? Spielberg shows his appeasement mentality as the ' movie suggests that Israel’s effort to avenge the athletes, contributed to an endless “cycle of violence.” ' We have seen how far recent Israeli restraint has succeeded. It is met with yet other attacks. As land is foolishly yielded, the same land is used to launch further attacks.

Munich displays a complete lack of understanding of a mentality that does not want peace, but wants the destruction of the Jewish people. The movie's treatment of the terrorists that slaughtered the atheletes is disgusting. As Gil states:
"The movie spends a lot of time humanizing the terrorists — they are shown with their families. From the beginning, you don’t see any difference between those who killed innocent athletes, and the Israeli agents who go after them."
As the movie blunts the savagery of the terrorists, it also denies the great positives that came of the Israeli agent's actions. Gil describes the long-term benefit:
"The truth is that Israel eventually closed down the terrorist network in Europe. Not only did they get most of those involved directly and indirectly with the Munich massacre, but Israel nipped the entire network of Palestinian terror in Europe. Because of that, countless lives were saved."
In fact all of the pretzel-like efforts Spielberg went through to neutralize good and evil were not appreciated by the palastinian Munich mastermind as told in this Reuters article. The misguided thinking of Spielberg is on display in the article:
' The Hollywood director has called "Munich", which dramatizes the 1972 raid and Israel's reprisals against members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), his "prayer for peace". '
So in his mind, if we can only understand and reach out to terrorists, they will become human like Cinderella's stage coach turning back into a pumpkin. The reached out hand was bitten by the mastermind:
' Mohammed Daoud planned the Munich attack on behalf of PLO splinter group Black September, but did not take part and does not feature in the film.

He voiced outrage at not being consulted for the thriller and accused Spielberg of pandering to the Jewish state.

"If he really wanted to make it a prayer for peace he should have listened to both sides of the story and reflected reality, rather than serving the Zionist side alone," Daoud told Reuters by telephone from the Syrian capital, Damascus. '

I guess he thinks Spielberg should have made the terrorists heroes. Daoud denies targeting civilians by rationalizing that "... any Israeli is a soldier." It is amazing that Spielberg puts so little value in historical accuracy. He is willing to exchange truth for this misguided "prayer for peace" that has been met with ingratitude. It just shows that when you try to please everybody, often everybody gets mad at you.

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