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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Cold front in Hell?

I ask this because of two recent developments from Hollywood regarding the War on Terror.

Kidman condemns Hamas, Hezbollah

The actress, joined by 84 other high-profile Hollywood stars, directors, studio bosses and media moguls, has taken out a powerfully-worded full page advertisement in today's Los Angeles Times newspaper.

It specifically targets "terrorist organisations" such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.

Some of this signers:

The actors listed included: Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton and William Hurt.

Directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Dick Donner and Sam Raimi also signed their names.

Other Hollywood powerplayers supporting the ad included Sumner Redstone, the chairman and majority owner of Paramount Pictures, and billionaire mogul, Haim Saban.

At the Libertas post they have the actual text:

“We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die. We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs.”

This signed statement is much appreciated as well as surprising. But if that raises one eyebrow, the upcoming ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 adds to the shock and increases the wonder about what the temperature happens to be in the labyrinths of Hell.

Starring Harvey Keitel, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Benyaer, Shirley Douglas, Patricia Heaton  

The miniseries will take viewers behind closed doors at the CIA, the FBI and the White House and into the world of Richard Clarke, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Sandy Berger and CIA Director George Tenet, among others.

Some pretty good talent listed and a rather wide ranging scope. Again, Libertas has something to say with an exclusive advance review.

LIBERTAS Exclusive! An Advance Review of ABC’s Outstanding The Path to 9/11

I recently attended an advance screening of ABC’s outstanding, epic miniseries The Path to 9/11 (airing this September 10-11), and I came away enormously impressed. Writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh, director David Cunningham, and the whole production team did a magnificent job in presenting the complex events leading up to 9/11 with accuracy, fairness, and artistry. The writing, acting, directing, editing, cinematography, and overall story-telling are first-rate. The Path to 9/11 is fast-paced and thoroughly gripping the whole way. I was not bored for a minute - and neither will you be. The five-hour miniseries (aired over two nights) is based on the 9/11 Commission’s report, and also on ABC News correspondent John Miller’s book The Cell. ABC is going to air the first three hours on Sunday night September 10, and the final two hours (which culminate in a shattering depiction of 9/11) will be shown Monday night, September 11.

I’m going to do a more detailed review of The Path to 9/11 in a few days, but I just wanted to quickly jot down a few thoughts now, because this miniseries is something that conservatives have got to support and get the word out about!

That's just the intro, to a very positive review. I'll be looking forward to the later extended review.

So what's going on? Is it just some in Hollywood seeing money can be made in reaching out to conservatives or that they actually see the light? Undoubtedly there is a bit of both in some, with varying degrees of mixture in different people. Whatever the motive may be, it's good that such presentations of the information are actually being created. For some time though, entertaining propaganda at the expense of historical accuracy has been the norm that has shaped much of the culture. But we simply can't wallow around in this narcissism centered on personal entertainment any longer. Too often it is raised above being informed about history and current events. The result is the unrealistic limits some would place on fighting this war. They may not understand that their immaturity and selfishness could cause us to lose it, but fortunately for them, saner people also exist and it may be that the condition is contagious. Hopefully this is only the beginning of a positive trend and a turn towards sanity for much of Hollywood and a large part of this country.


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