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Sunday, April 30, 2006
WAR: REEL & REAL
I haven't concerned myself with the movie United 93, although I've noticed other bloggers have. In time I will see it. Until then, it's only on the periphery of my radar screen.
Last night, however, as I surfed through the channels to find something to watch, I found Flight 93 playing on A&E. At first I confused it with United 93; both are 2006 movies. However, it became apparent that this was made for TV.
How was it? It was okay. The actors who played the passengers did a great job. From what I've read, I won't be disappointed with United 93.
8 For Laura Lee, who's had interesting takes on other subjects, it was like Watching United 93 in a September 10th Theater.
8 Rick Moran took exception with a reviewer: If Stevens didn’t like U-93 that is her right. But to turn a movie review into a diatribe against the Bush Administration only makes her look like an idiot who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
8 Rush interviewed the writer/director of United 93, Paul Greengrass, and he played excerpts on his show this past week. Notice that Greengrass can not be described as a conservative.
Here is how it begins:
“GREENGRASS: I’ll tell you one of the most chilling things that I have learned from my experience of looking at terrorism. About 20 years ago the IRA bombed the hotel where the prime minister, Prime Minister Thatcher, and her cabinet were, and about ten people were killed, and Prime Minister Thatcher—who I never agreed with politically in the entirety of her career, but she was our prime minister, and I don’t agree with blowing her up. Luckily she escaped. Later that night, the IRA issued a statement. They said, “Tonight you were lucky. You have to be lucky every time. We only have to be lucky once,” and in that expression is the heart of the mind of the terrorist operation.
“We only have to be lucky once. You have to be lucky every time,” and the truth is we can’t always be lucky.” [emphasis mine]
Rush has posted both interviews—written and audio—on his website: PART I and PART II.
While we're on the subject of terrorism ...
8 Once again, Mark Steyn nails the left's SOP: Celebrate tolerance, or you're dead: if you threaten to kill people often enough, it will be seen as part of your vibrant cultural tradition.
8 Listen to Lech Walesa, who lived with terrorism up close and personal. RAVES FOR LECH'S ROASTING OF THE REDS: THE Reds were on the run at the Metropolitan Club when Lech Walesa addressed members of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation the other night. The former president of Poland drew cheers when he said, "We encouraged [Mikhail] Gorbachev to try to reform Soviet Communism. We were certain that if he pulled one brick out, the structure would collapse. The Communists in Poland were like radishes - red on the outside." The charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner, speaking in Polish, remembered that when Pope John Paul II first visited Poland, "even the commissars and secret police were making the Sign of the Cross. They didn't know the proper wording, so they just counted, 'One, two, three, four ... " The foundation is raising $750,000 to build a monument in Washington to the 100 million victims of Communism and hopes to break ground this summer.
8 Compare the graphics of WW II with today's war.
8 In the meantime, the admitted CIA leaker, Dr. Mary McCarthy (Mary who?), is old news, while that other CIA bitch was celebrating: VALERIE THE TOAST OF TRIBECA.
8 If only more of Hollywood could be like Gary Sinise: Following his second USO tour to Iraq, where he visited with school children, Sinise co-founded Operation Iraqi Children, which provides educational materials to students in Iraq through the generosity of the American people.