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Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:55 PM
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The Forgiven: Clint Eastwood's Good War (Mickey Z.)
Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

Oct. 31, 2006 -- In the midst of our current, perpetual war against evil, America is yet again reflecting upon the "good war." If Clint Eastwood is allowed to recycle those images in Flags of Our Fathers, as the author of an alternative history of WWII, why shouldn't I state my case yet again?

The United States fought that war against racism with a segregated army.

It fought that war to end atrocities by participating in the shooting of surrendering soldiers, the starvation of POWs, the deliberate bombing of civilians, wiping out hospitals, strafing lifeboats, and in the Pacific, boiling flesh off enemy skulls to make table ornaments for sweethearts.

FDR, the leader of this anti-racist, anti-atrocity force, signed Executive Order 9066, interning more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans without due process. Thus, in the name of taking on the architects of German prison camps FDR became the architect of American prison camps.

Before, during, and after the Good War, the American business class traded with the enemy. Among the U.S. corporations that invested in the Nazis were Ford, GE, Standard Oil, Texaco, ITT, IBM, and GM (top man William Knudsen called Nazi Germany, "the miracle of the 20th century").

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agincourt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:05 AM
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1. Well at least Eastwood is showing Japan's side too,
in the upcoming "Letters from Iwo Jima" flick. Rarely do we see that.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:21 AM
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3. Yeah, it's really important to get the fascist side covered sympathetically.
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:09 AM
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2. Mickey is good at pointing out that America behaved atrociously
but not so good at pointing out the atrocities of America's opponents during WWII.

Every country behaves atrociously during war, always and everywhere. There's plenty of blame to spread around, no need to be stingy about it, Mickey.

The universal atrociousness of war is why we should try like hell to stay out of it. Limiting the focus to just one side leads some to think that a war might be fought "cleanly" and without viciousness and depravity by all parties. In other words, such myopia has the unintended consequence of making war a bit more likely.


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