Moral Equivalence Hollywood Style
Okay, I'm going to say it. Somebody ought to give Steven Spielberg a swift kick in the behind. Either that, or maybe a stint in the IDF. How like a typical Hollywood liberal to be so very smug, pontificating from his lofty perch, while Israelis live under an ongoing existential threat. And then he has the unmitigated gall to say "Israel's campaign of retaliation will expose the futility of violence on both sides." Oh, really? Seems to me Israel's policy of targeted assassinations against Hamas leaders has been working quite well, thank you very much. And as far as his contention that the biggest enemy is intransigence, I'd like to tell Mr. Spielberg where he can stick his instransigence. The enemy may indeed be "intransigence," but it's the intransigence of most of the Muslim world that would like to "wipe Israel off the face of the map" that would seem to be the reason for the conflict.
Spielberg Sez Film "Prayer For Peace"
New York Daily News
December 5, 2005
Steven Spielberg calls his upcoming blockbuster "Munich" a "prayer for peace" in the Middle East, even though it depicts the region's bloody cycle of terror and revenge.
The Hollywood legend says he hopes the film about the 1972 Olympic massacre and Israel's campaign of retaliation will expose the futility of violence on both sides.
"Somewhere inside all this intransigence, there has to be a prayer for peace" Spielberg tells Time magazine in this week's issue. "The biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. [It] is the intransigence."
Time also scored an exclusive screening and pronounced the flick one of the best movies by the maker of "Jaws" and "E.T."
"It is a very good movie -- good in a particularly Spielbergian way," said Time critic Richard Schickel.
Spielberg admits that "Munich," which opens Christmas weekend, is unlikely to bring peace to the troubled region.
Although he is a Jew and strongly supports Israel, Spielberg says he also questions whether the Jewish State can continue to keep a lid on Palestinian aspirations.
"There's been a quagmire of blood for many decades," he said. Where does it end? How can it end?"
The movie has already come under attack from Palestinians and Israelis alike. Spielberg freely admits that the film is a dramatization, not a literal re-creation, of the terrorist assault on the Olympic village that left 11 Israeli athletes and coaches dead.
I'm not sure when is the last time I've seen so much nonsense contained in so few paragraphs. But, even if you agree with the premise of Spielberg's movie, one really would have to question why no one connected with this film ever saw fit to interview anybody involved in the commando operation, or anybody connected with Mossad, for that matter. Somehow, though, I can't imagine he would have made "Schindler's List" without ever talking to a single Holocaust survivor.