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Morality of political assassination,
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This review is from: Munich [DVD] (DVD)
Spielberg's film took a lot of criticism on it's release in the USA.With the jingoistic fervour of the US right wing post-September 11th 2001,any film that dared criticise anti-terrorist operations,or showed the slightest hint of sympathy for critics of revenge attacks was bound to be attacked.
Watch the film and judge for yourself.It's based on a book by an Israeli who (supposedly) participated in the death squads sent to Europe by Golda Meir after the Black September attacks on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.At first,it all seems so just and logical;kill known PLO players in Europe who were linked to the Munich operation.Then,it starts to get messy-uninvolved civillians are caught up in the attacks,members of the Israeli death squad are killed,and they finally find out that one PLO figure,Ali Hassan Salameh(killed by an Israeli car bomb in Beirut in 1979)is actually being protected by the CIA.Israel's major ally is collaborating with Israel's worst enemy.
At the end,the disillusionment is clear-have the anti-terrorist operations done any more than kill a few Palestinians whom the PLO easily replaced.Is there any intrinsic moral difference between PLO attacks on Israelis and Israeli attacks on the PLO?In the end,one of the Israeli operatives seems more afraid of Israeli intelligence than of the Palestinians,the anti-terror operation has totally backfired.
Given the patriotic hysteria in the USA after 11/09/01(yes,I'm European,not American,so why should I have to say"9/11"?),Spielberg was very brave to make this film.He is pro-Isreali,but the Palestinians who appear in the film are not cliches of evil terror,and he is far from blind to the brutality of anti-terror operations,even if you agree with them.
If there's any message in this film,it seems to me to be that the world is very messy and complex,that things done with the best of intentions can lead to dire conclusions,and that you have to be prepared to reevaluate your ideas and admit you were mistaken when faced with the evidence of the error of your ways.Perhaps that's why the right wing flagwavers in the USA hated this film so much.Only 4 stars as it's too long,it could have done with more rigorous editing.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2012 14:53:51 BDT
http://youtu.be/bXdx8LzrmWc, inside job like 9/11.
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