Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Final Irony

Check out this headline:

Spielberg's 'Munich' miffs Palestinian mastermind

Spielberg's new Palestinian critic is miffed for the same reason that a lot of Israelis and Jews are. Spielberg has based his film on an entirely specious and discredited account of the terrorist strike at the Munich Olympics against the Israeli athletes and the Israeli campaign to avenge their dead.
I know nothing about this film. If someone really wanted to tell the truth about what happened he should talk to the people involved, people who know the truth," Daoud told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location in the Middle East.

"Were I contacted, I would tell the truth," Daoud said.

As planner for Black September, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) splinter group, Daoud sent gunmen to abduct Israeli athletes at the 1972 Games. Two hostages were killed in the raid, another nine during a botched rescue by German police.
If both the Israelis and the Palestinians are miffed about this movie, I suppose this will read as "balance" to a lot of useful idiots, equivocators and multi-culturalists around the world. After all, the elision of the difference between the perpetrators and responders into some kind of obscene moral equivalence seems to be the point of the film in the first case. And among this group, in this particular case, Spielberg is first among equals.

This a way for Spielberg to exorcise his liberal guilty. And simultaneously express his objections to the Iraq War without risking his popularity among the American populace at large and thus, God forbid, lose audience revenue. Because in this time of stepped of anti-Israel attitudes and rising anti-Semitism, Israel is a far safer target than America.
[Spielberg] has vowed that "Munich" will be sensitive to all sides.
Yes, let's be sensitive to the nice, bloodthirsty terrorists... That would be my first instinct too.
An Israeli actress cast in the film confirmed press reports that it is based, at least partly, on "Vengeance," a book on the reprisals campaign that has been widely discredited.

"I am surprised that a director like him has chosen, out of all the sources, to rely on this particular book," retired Mossad chief Zvi Zamir told Israel's Haaretz daily in July.

The ex-spook's view was supported by ex-guerrilla Daoud.

"I read 'Vengeance'. It is full of mistakes," he said.
Heh! Everyone's a critic!


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