December 07, 2005
Moral equivalence in Munich
Gushing review of Spielberg's Munich from FOXNews. Gushing as in:
I would hope at least that the great media antidote to the appeasenik NYTimes and its acolytes would understand that - as far as the Munich massacre is concerned - favoring the Israelis and demonizing the Palestinians is the only stance a decent human being could take. But I guess not. After all, Tony Kushner wrote the script.
There will be plenty of debate over whether Spielberg favored the Israelis or demonized the Palestinians in this movie. But the terrific screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth goes a long way to solve those problems. The Israelis are shown as conflicted by their task; the Palestinians are made multi-dimensional through their own explanation of went on. Spielberg doesn't attempt to address the entire Middle East conflict, just to deal with this moment in 1972.
For those who want to be reminded of what Munich was really about, I hosted a blogburst on the 30th anniversary of the event. Most of the links are still good.
Previous entry on this movie by my co-blogger, with additional links back to other posts on the topic.
UPDATE: I also posted this at Winds of Change, and the comment thread over there is getting interesting. Jim Rockford makes the point that the methods and attitude toward the PLO terrorist hunt was an logical progression from the Nazi hunting of the 50s and 60s, conducted by the same people, which means conflicted feelings about what they were doing would be highly unlikely.
Judith | 12/07/05 at 09:03 AM | Categories: - Munich Massacre
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Tracked on December 12, 2005 09:59 AM
Yes, God forbid we should "demonize" evil. Unbelievable.