Monday, January 23, 2006

Just When You Thought I Had No More To Say On Munich

My fabulous pal who took me to see Munich for free gets a hat tip for letting me know the “writer,” if you can call him that, Tony Kushner, decided to try to stick up for his sorry self in an article in – surprise, surprise – The L.A. Times.

Here are only a few bits and pieces of the whole article, but they're the ones I had specific comments for...

There is no definitive account of what was, after all, a covert operation. But no one is challenging the central historical fact in the debate that "Munich" is meant to catalyze: These Palestinians were assassinated by Israel, following the Palestinian murder of the Israeli athletes in Munich.

So the athletes were murdered, but their murderers were assassinated??

I've never killed anyone, but my instincts as a person and a playwright — and the best books I've read about soldiers or cops or people whose jobs bring them into violent physical conflict — suggest that people in general don't kill without feeling torn up about it. Violence exacts a psychic toll, unless you're a sociopath, and who wants to watch a movie about sociopaths?

He misses the point. The fact is, the killing of the PLO murderers was righteous, hence why there was no need for conflict or guilt. Sort of like when he writes. Does he feel guilt when he has to cut out a paragraph that wasn’t well written? I think not. If you let yourself get too emotional in your job (whatever it may be), it makes it that much harder to do it well.

Here was another gem:

In the film, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is presented not as a matter of religion versus religion, or sanity versus insanity, or good versus evil or civilization versus barbarism or Judeo-Christian culture versus Muslim culture, but rather as a struggle over territory, over geography, over home.

Yes, true. THAT is what is wrong. That is not what the Middle East conflict is about and it’s his inability to grasp that has the rest of us exasperated. The Palestinians don’t care about a home of their own. That’s leftist baloney. Read their charter! They say what they want clear as day – “From the river to the sea…” They want Jews GONE. It really is that simple. They don’t want a homeland next to Israel but rather in place of Israel. He just doesn’t get that.

"Munich" insists that this characteristic of human behavior is not meaningless in the struggle against terrorism. In other words, we believe that one aspect of the struggle against terrorism is the struggle to comprehend terrorism. If you think understanding the enemy is unimportant, well, maybe there's a job in Washington for you.

And if he thinks he understands terrorism, I have a wonderful little bridge to sell him.

14 Comments:

At 9:19 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

When an idiot scribe meets a dirty rag.


but rather as a struggle over territory, over geography, over home. Now isn't that profound.

 
At 3:36 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Esther

Remember my original review that the movie was a razor thin critique of the current war. Kushner's statement confirms the original review. The cycle of violence is an old argument and law enforcement is not an option to the Israelis or the USA.

 
At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

Go read George Joens (the author of the book Vengeance)response to the movie.

I blogged about it. His response
And Esther, apologies; I linked to the article you linked to but forgot to mention you in my post. It was an oversight. I had problems posting the first time and neglected to include the link the second time.

Sorry.

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

"Munich" is not me or my politics masquerading as a movie.

In a word, bullshit!

It's been shaped with remarkable generosity by Steven Spielberg into a historical fiction informed by several perspectives, including mine.

Translation: The film is propaganda.

We have prescribed nothing more specific for understanding the Mideast conflict, and the dilemma terrorism poses to civilization, than that you allow your unshakable convictions a little breathing room.

That's moral relativism. Damn!

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Iran Watch said...

This is a film made by self-loathing Jews wanting to rewrite history. Why anybody would want to see this propaganda is beyond me. The Jewish athletes deserved better.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...


I've never killed anyone, but my instincts as a person and a playwright — and the best books I've read about soldiers or cops or people whose jobs bring them into violent physical conflict — suggest that people in general don't kill without feeling torn up about it. Violence exacts a psychic toll, unless you're a sociopath, and who wants to watch a movie about sociopaths?



So, the Black September terrorists that murdered the Israeli atheletes weren't sociopaths?

Kushner is further evidence that leftists are, in fact, physically incapable of rational thought.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

why do you still link to this rag? I've stopped looking anywhere near the NYT because I know they're nuts!

(*)>

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Felis, yeah....it got to me too.

Beak, yep...I remember.

RA, I definitely want to see that! And no worries about a hat tip... :)

Loved your comments, AOW!

Iran Watch -- right you are! I only went to monitor it. ;)

Beamish -- LOL!!!!!

BW, I don't look at those rags -- my friend knew it'd be fun stuff for me to blog about, so that's why he sent it.

Found another article that is VERY interesting. They interviewed a woman who was the wife of one of the fallen....and she's never spoken on the record about it until now. Great stuff:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3205661,00.html

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
That link is powerful stuff!

"This movie fails to discern between those who murder innocent civilians in their sleep and those who hunt down the murderers...."

The movie is an atrocity to the memory of those murdered Israeli athletes.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Batya said...

"Imagine" by John Lennon
They just don't get it. No right and wrong, no values.

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger MissingLink said...

"The Jewish athletes deserved better."

Absolutely.
And our Eric Bana gets into this...a disgrace.

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Even beyond the profound fact that he's a morally impoverished relativist, in his eagerness to effect some Yiddish street cred., he left the italics tags in the title HTML. What a schlemiel. heh

 
At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

I have not as yet seen this film but will make a point of doing so--and I'm not expecting to like what I see.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Some people like to see the world in black and white terms. It doesn't allow for them to consider that some murderers are not sociopaths.

 

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