(MEE) — An Egyptian filmmaker is planning a rejoinder to the Hollywood blockbuster American Sniper, with a film focusing on the “other side of the story” – the Iraqi fighter said to have killed dozens of American soldiers during the occupation.
Photo: People take part in a vigil for three young Muslims killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, atDupont Circle on February 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.(courtesy PRESS TV)
American Sniper seeks to lionize a monstrous war crime, the lethal effects of which are still being felt today by ordinary Iraqis whose lives have been impacted in horrific ways that we in the sheltered West could not even imagine.
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“American Sniper” caters to a deep sickness rippling through our society. It holds up the dangerous belief that we can recover our equilibrium and our lost glory by embracing an American fascism.
The most harrowing scene in American Sniper involves an Iraqi character nicknamed “The Butcher” torturing and executing an Iraqi child by taking a power drill to his skull. The scene lends credibility to the narrative of Chris Kyle as basically a hero facing villains. In the film, “The Butcher” is a lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Sunni insurgent, terrorist, and founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which later became ISIS.
Their exclusion from the meeting raised eyebrows because the Kurds have been doing the bulk of the fighting against ISIS.
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Emotion doesn't negate fact.
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