The radical left in America has long rooted against the U.S. military. Beginning in earnest with a mismanaged effort in Vietnam, soldiers have been pilloried by elitists who view any military action as a show of aggression against a helpless foe.
As the War on Terror continues to rage, these sources have embraced increasingly derogatory rhetoric in describing the Middle East effort. When a Hollywood blockbuster film, “Lone Survivor,” dared to present the story of Navy SEAL bravery, the anti-military crowd naturally rushed to criticize the project and the real-life soldiers portrayed therein.
In a recent review written for The Atlantic, Calum Marsh complained about the film’s supposed pro-war stance and bemoaned the fact that Taliban murderers were portrayed as the enemy.
He said the SEALs appeared to be “ordinary guys” in the movie’s “exaggeratedly casual introduction,” complaining about the “way the film brings in its Taliban villains.”
Though the movie is based on the experiences of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and company, Marsh treats the film as a work of military propaganda. Regardless of the countless Hollywood attempts to undermine the American military, leftist ideologues will always attack the rare pro-military sentiment as a terrifying portent.
He said the movie “plays out like an advertisement for the Marine Corps,” despite acknowledging that “as the title suggests,” the mission “does not end particularly well.”
According to Marsh’s jaded viewpoint, “Lone Survivor” is “the sort of film you expect to seem at least a little propagandistic.”
Instead, he alleges, the Peter Berg project portrays Taliban terrorists as “a faceless mass, a manifestation of evil.”
He might be surprised to learn that a large swath of America actually believes the Taliban should be considered America’s enemy. In fact, a quick survey of the terrorists involved would likely reveal that is exactly how they see themselves.
Marsh bemoans the movie’s ostensible ability to “legitimize feelings of xenophobia and American execptionalism,” once again trashing the views of those who dare celebrate the greatness of this nation.
He goes on to suggest that all Hollywood war movies are inherently pro-war. Of course, such a conclusion is likely much easier to reach among those who themselves are intrinsically anti-military.
Considering the rarity of such films actually being released by today’s Hollywood, it is natural that the far left would react with outrage and confusion. Meanwhile, the millions of Americans who actually root for and support the U.S. military are ensuring this movie will become one of 2014’s most successful releases.
–B. Christopher Agee
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