Hollywood War Films, An Instrument of Military Indoctrination: The “American Sniper” Reviewers’ Consensus

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3-14-2015 10-59-08 AM

By Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

Global Research,

Since American Sniper has become one of the “top grossing films of all time”, garnering a few Academy Award nominations and at least one, if trivial, award, there have been even more reviews written about this insidious and insipid strip of celluloid. Unsurprisingly all of them contain the same swill. I had to return to my own review just to see if I had perhaps omitted anything essential or if anyone might have thought in an at least similar direction.

The defensive focus of vocal support for the film is equally and unsurprisingly the condition of “veterans”. In fact this is probably the single most abused excuse for US war film production since the US regime withdrew its uniformed forces from Vietnam. To be fair, although by no means generous, some of the reviewers suggested that critical attention be focused on those who initiate and manage the wars that create such neglected veterans. As I have argued elsewhere, this is still the “wrong war thesis” and remains a kind of apology for the centuries of carnage wrought by the regime in Washington.

On the other side of the phony political divide are those who claim that Mr. Eastwood does not present the humanity of Iraqis fairly. Of course this begs the question as to why, if Americans were concerned about Iraqi humanity, they would derive such satisfaction from destroying Iraq and maiming or murdering millions of its inhabitants, while plundering and pillaging the country for nearly fifteen years? The fact that the film has generated such high gross receipts is certainly proof that Americans are not at all concerned with the humanity of Iraqis (or anyone else for that matter) but enjoy war and murder as entertainment.

I recently had a long discussion with a good acquaintance whose daughter is engaged to a professional soldier in the German army. I asked him if he (a pacifist) and his daughter were conscious of what this could mean in even the very near future. He said his relationship to his daughter although good, despite the divorce between him and the girl’s mother was still tenuous– or he perceived it as such. In other words, he did not want to risk breaking the contact to his daughter by pointing out that she intended to marry a professional killer. He retorted that she was aware of the risks involved for a soldier and that this did not diminish her love for the man. I acknowledged that although a 20-something woman is an adult and has her own responsibilities, she could hardly (at least in Germany) be expected to be fully aware of the immediate consequences of marriage to a professional soldier. The conversation revolved around whether one could or could not, as a German soldier, be ordered to kill people. Here it is worth mentioning that when the German government prepared to end universal conscription the airwaves were saturated with McCann Erickson advertising for the German Army, exactly modeled on the US Army’s “be all you can be” campaign from the 1970s and 1980s. Germany was being prepared for integration in the post-Vietnam US killing industry.

Quite aside from the absurdity of debating killing in the military, the issues of obedience and camaraderie as well as patriotic loyalty were raised. His future son-in-law would not intend to kill except to protect his comrades. Moreover the young man was convinced that the German Army defends the values of the old “citizen army” under universal conscription. I said that someone who believes that the German army (even under conscription) was a democratic defense institution is either stupid or crassly ignorant or worse mendacious– since especially in Germany the remilitarization was forced on the population by the US, by its stooge Conrad Adenauer using parliamentary tricks and police to suppress general– even legislative– opposition to rearmament after WWII. Never mind that more than a few I know who served in the subscription army could recite stories about the vitality of the Wehrmacht tradition in the garrisons even in the 1980s.

Then I asked if there was any sense in a pacifist attitude when one is not even willing to confront one’s own children with the consequences of marrying professional killers or accepting their profession as “just another job”. If one has no great social influence as a pacifist, one might think that at least defense of one’s own family against the trauma and the criminal collusion with the war machine would be a kind of duty. Doesn’t it make sense to protect the physical and mental health of one’s family by discouraging participation in the war machine wherever possible?

The answer given in the American Sniper genre is that even mass murderers need love and understanding. However such love is never the much-trumpeted “tough” kind that says to a partner: “I do not believe love and murder are compatible, you have to make a choice!” Americans are told every day how “tough” their love has to be, as if “tough” equals honest. In practice “tough” love has nothing to do with love, it is all about being “tough” e.g. neglecting the poor and slaughtering non-whites for fun and conquest.

Military indoctrination also has its impact in the “white branches” even if it is by no means as obvious as in the case of infantrymen. Both the Navy and the Air Force are largely white preserves and their members generally kill from a distance or remotely, at limited risk to their own lives. Much of the military apparatus is clothed in suits rather than uniforms and if white (and middle class) operates by remote control. The pleasure of vigilante films like American Sniper derives from the self-pity cultivated among the poor who kill directly and the vanity of the technologically indoctrinated iPhone classes. Killing Iraqis (or other non-whites) is either a game of supremacy or an exercise in consumer sadism. However, among the covert, and hence chronically unnamed entrepreneurs and managers of these wars, it is both.

When a train hits a person who either accidentally or deliberately falls in front of it, the locomotive driver (at least in Germany) is relieved of duty immediately and given psychological/ psychiatric support to overcome the shock. New Year’s Day this year it took me 12 hours to get to Berlin because someone jumped in front of our train between Hamburg and Berlin. This is how seriously an accident is treated,  although jumping in front of trains is no new or particularly rare event. (Imagine if every soldier had to be treated in the same way due to “accidental” defensive discharge of his firearm!) Everyone on the train was full of sympathy (or pretended so) for the poor driver who had to experience driving over a single human being. The same people have no serious problem when it comes to tank drivers crushing women and children in Afghanistan or Iraq or in any unnamed African country. I suggested that locomotive engineers simply be paid “hazardous duty” bonuses like soldiers: everyone was horrified.

But aren’t those women and children simply “suicides”? Their lives are defined by living in the path of merely occasional tank drivers who cannot be expected to stop their line of travel any more than a locomotive engineer surprised by a falling body.

In fact all these reviews support the thesis that it is the fault of Iraqis or other non-whites that they are in the way of routine American train movement. Chris Kyle was just one of those lonely locomotive engineers who ultimately needed treatment for the trauma of driving over too many suicides (those who have the misfortune to live on the same route where the US builds its global railroad tracks). Of course if Americans took the history of their own railroads seriously, they were not only metaphors for conquest. The “iron horse” rolled over the Chinese, African-Americans, and Native Americans, enriching the white elite that still rules the American empire. It was the natural extension of the cavalry and later mechanized infantry that terrorize the world today. The reviewers of American Sniper all accept the tank, APC, and Humvee as public transportation and their drivers as the engineers and conductors. They and the mass public for Mr. Eastwood’s film have all willingly paid their fare on the Great Death Railway run by the US Empire. All aboard!

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 OLDDOGS COMMENTS

While I applaud Dr. Wilkinson’s compassion for the millions of victims of our Nation’s history, war is sometimes justified, and in this case it would be us against the International Banking Cartel who has manipulated billions of people into accepting war as entertainment and profit. As atrocious as war and the killer attitude among men is, I would never support a total pacifist ideology. In fact, I would deliriously participate in the most gruesome torture of the Bankers and their government stooges. They have collectively converted patriotism into the unspeakable. BTW WATCH THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs7mcSYCWWM

BREAKING!

Billionaire Eric Sprott Just Made The Most Terrifying Prediction Of 2015

http://kingworldnews.com/billionaire-eric-sprott-just-made-the-most-terrifying-prediction-of-2015/

March 13, 2015

Today billionaire Eric Sprott warned King World News that the entire global financial system is now facing the greatest danger in history.  He then issued the most dire prediction of 2015.

Eric King:  “We had (the stock market collapse) of 2001 – 2003.  Then we had (the more intense collapse of) 2007, 2008, 2009.  The next one (collapse) is going to be worse because that’s just how these cycles progress.  As you know, they (seizures in the global financial system) get more violent and the collapses become more and more intense.  People couldn’t imagine it would get worse than 2001 – 2003, and yet we had 2007 – 2009.  This one that’s in front of us, I’m assuming it’s going to be the mother of all collapses.”

Billionaire Eric Sprott (pictured below) Warns A Global Financial Wipeout Is Coming

Eric Sprott:  “Two words that come to my mind, Eric, ‘No bid.’  In other words, if you take the central planners out of the market, there is no bid….

Continue reading the Eric Sprott interview below…

It’s So Preposterous

“So who’s going to buy it?  Who in their right mind would be buying bonds with a negative yield?  It’s just so preposterous. And all of the sudden if the bond buyer is not there — we used to think it was so great that China would buy our bonds.  They don’t buy our bonds (anymore).  Russia used to buy our bonds — they (now) sell our bonds.

No Bid Means Collapse

The only entities buying the bonds are the central banks.  Well, you take the central bank out of it and there’s no bid.  That’s why I use the phrase, ‘I hope we are not right one day,’ that all of the sudden it (the entire global financial system) just collapses.

 Game Over

They (central banks) may just look in the cupboard and say, ‘It’s over.  We’ve tried our best and it’s not working.  We’ve got to stop buying these bonds because our (central bank) balance sheets are getting so torqued out.’

It Will Have To Stop

The Debt/GDP numbers are getting so egregious that at some point they will have to stop.  It’s a lot like when Greece finally came out and said, ‘We’re a bankrupt state.’  Well, yes, we knew you were a bankrupt state and finally somebody admitted it and he won’t be the last guy either.  (Laughter).

 More Bankrupt Countries

There will be lots of those coming along because every country has done the same thing: increase the debt, GDP goes down and tax revenue goes down — ‘Hey, I can’t pay you back.’  That’s the definition of bankruptcy — ‘I can’t pay you back.’  Just like the U.S. government is not going to be able to honor their promises!

 Central Banks Controlling Markets

When are they (the U.S. government) finally going to say they can’t pay you back?  I don’t know when that’s going to happen but I can be as patient as Janet Yellen can.  I don’t know when that day comes, Eric, but we see signs of it everyday.  And we keep wondering how the market holds itself together?  I’m sure the central planners are involved.

If it was up to me to try to keep the market up, I would put an order in to buy the S&P futures for $100 million or $1 billion, or whatever the number is, send it down the slowest pipe I can — everybody front-runs me and the market miraculously goes up because of all the high-frequency traders (HFTs) trying to beat me to the punch.

 Look Out Below!

It’s funny how things have evolved the way they have.  I was reading recently that some former SEC Commissioner was saying, ‘The system is so screwed up.’  And of course he talked about liquidity:  ‘These markets don’t have a lot of liquidity.  If you take the big buyer away, wow, look out below!’”

Eric Sprott’s remarkable audio interview will be released later today! To listen when it’s available CLICK HERE. The written interview only contains 5 percent of what is in his outstanding audio interview. Sprott discusses global financial collapse, the most dire prediction of 2015, the gold and silver takedown, what surprises to expect this year and much more.

***ALSO JUST RELEASED: Here Are Two Of The Most Unprecedented, All-Time Record Market Distortions In History CLICK HERE.

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