A review of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the movie about the capture of Bin Laden, allays concerns Republicans have had about lionizing President Obama. Evidently he doesn’t play much of a role in it.
Reviewer Roger Friedman says:
If anyone worried that Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden would be a political statement promoting Barack Obama they can relax. Bigelow and Mark Boal have made a very focused and harrowing thriller that centers on the real life female CIA agent who was obsessed with catching and killing bin Laden…
The most interesting thing right off the bat is that “Zero Dark Thirty” is not political. President Obama makes a brief appearance seen off a TV and it’s not necessarily positive. While American intelligence is waterboarding prisoners, Obama is seen saying he doesn’t believe in torture. The whole first fifteen minutes or so is taken up with the waterboarding of a prisoner. Once you see it, you’ll be writing to your congressman to prevent it from happening again. But Obama disappears after that. And the CIA and the military take over.If Bigelow and Boal got secret access to the Situation Room from the time Osama bin Laden was killed, you don’t see it.
OK. I stopped reading when he said I’d be writing to my congressman to prevent waterboarding from ever happening again. Uh, I don’t think so!
This is the world inhabited by liberals. Everyone plays nice and happiness ensues. Except, in the real world, that isn’t the conclusion. They have forgotten the nature of our enemy.
I haven’t. I remember the brutality of Nick Berg being beheaded on YouTube. Daniel Pearl being murdered by al Qaeda and then cut into pieces to be distributed around Pakistan. Closer to home, there were the people who jumped out the World Trade Center, choking on smoke so bad they preferred falling 90 stories to their deaths.
A scene of waterboarding is going to alter my opinion of them and of the practice? Not likely.
In waterboarding the victims if you like, who aren’t really victims but performers of evil deeds, know they are not going to be killed. They know that they will experience unpleasantness but that their captors are more merciful than they are and will pull them up before they drown. Ask a relative of a 9/11 victim if he would have preferred that happening to his loved one rather than the death he or she endured.
I ask how these same liberals would feel should another act of terror occur and they lose a daughter or son on a plane downed by terrorists or in a bombing at a shopping mall.
I bet waterboarding would look pretty good.