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6500Re: Labor scab leads charge against Moore

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  • lordludd66
    May 24, 2004
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      Get ready for a propaganda offensive by Bush supporters like Nolan -
      they are furious that Moore's film won the Palme D'Or at Cannes as
      it makes it harder for them to prevent the U.S. people from seeing
      it before the election.
      It exposes the lie of the "war on terror" and all those who use it
      as an excuse for foreign occupation and repression in their own
      --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, glparramatta
      <glparramatta@g...> wrote:
      > Jim Nolan: Moore is less than truthful
      > Jim Nolan, an industrial relations lawyer and veteran ALP member,
      > frequently on human rights issues.
      > 24may04
      > GET ready for the Fahrenheit 9/11 onslaught and, I safely predict,
      > unprecedented levels of sycophancy for Michael Moore's newest
      > No Niger uranium WMD lies here! Moore's "documentary" will be
      > over regardless of how crazy the claims or how distorted
      the "facts".
      > Moore has cleverly set the stage for the propaganda offensive by
      > suggesting that the distribution of his "documentary" has been
      > by Disney – a blatant lie uncritically now picked up by our local
      > Moore has been one of the most prominent beneficiaries of what
      > Simon – the Hollywood screenwriter, novelist and blogger – has
      > "the politics of the last five minutes".
      > Moore's Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine has, by
      > dropped off the radar of the "politics of the last five minutes" –
      > those of us with some memory left still recall those ominous
      pictures of
      > the US bombers taking off in the Kosovo war in 1999. The dark
      > implication was that the Boeing corporation – spookily nearby the
      > Columbine massacre school – was, as the destructive
      representatives of
      > US imperialism, all of a piece with those schoolboy mass murderers.
      > Moore's "documentary" didn't show that the Boeing factory near
      > made weather satellites, not missiles. Nor did he take the trouble
      > explain that the Kosovo intervention was concerned with the rather
      > grown-up task of the prevention of genocide in the former
      > Tony Blair and Bill Clinton courageously pre-empted the UN
      > Council which was paralysed in the face of genocide – a familiar
      > for that body. Does Moore stop to explain any of this? This was
      > awful truth that would have exposed Moore's message for the fraud
      > it was.
      > But why should thousands of slaughtered Kosovars spoil Moore's box
      > office? What was even more breathtaking was Moore's presidential
      > endorsement of General Wesley Clark – the military commander whom
      > Clinton placed in charge of the Kosovo campaign. Once again, any
      > regrets? Not a bit.
      > Moore's "documentary" claims may not be true, but to use John
      > formulation explaining the left-wing tabloid Daily Mirror's
      > pictures of British soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners – "They
      may not
      > be true, but what they represent is true." If the objective is
      > anti-Americanism at all costs, it's a small price to pay to
      > inconvenient "facts".
      > Last week, Christopher Hitchens nailed Moore and the European
      > intellectual climate which gave rise to this fawning phenomenon.
      > "Speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated
      European as
      > well," Hitchens said, "it seems to me the laugh here is on the
      > sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar,
      > stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as
      > own, as their representative American, someone who actually
      embodies all
      > of those qualities."
      > In a world where "representations" trump reality, however, it's no
      > wonder that Moore's "documentary" was awarded the top prize at
      > yesterday. This is the same mindset that regards the disgraceful
      > treatment of Iraqi prisoners as the moral equivalent of the act of
      > Islamist fanatics in hacking off the head of a non-combatant in
      > Moore's indignant "anti-imperialism" over Iraq makes a convenient
      > existential leap right over Saddam's republic of fear and the
      > mass graves, just as he silently omitted the Kosovo genocide, so
      as not
      > to blunt the drama of his "documentary" sequence.
      > Moore is on record as hailing the already grotesquely misdescribed
      > "resistance" as the equivalent of the minute men – the American
      > revolutionaries – a statement so lacking in seriousness as to
      border on
      > the unhinged. But don't hold your breath for Moore to be pressed
      on this.
      > Nor will watching Moore give anyone the slightest inkling that the
      > agenda of the Islamo-fascists is to make he wretched of the earth
      > wretched. Better to ignore the awful truth of this medieval
      > force – even out of their own mouths – in the interests of a warm
      > fuzzy trip down memory lane.
      > Those tempted by Moore's latest flick would be better served by
      > themselves to the latest movie from another old leftie – Canadian
      > Arcand's brilliant Barbarian Invasions. Arcand's characters – not
      > that unlike Moore – warmly remember the intellectual fashions of
      > enjoyable, if somewhat misspent, baby boomer youth as their
      > Remy, the philosopher and self-described "sensual socialist",
      waits to
      > die. Remy recounts a meeting in the early 1970s with a beautiful
      > woman from China who he tried to chat up with fawning praise for
      Mao and
      > the Red Guards. The woman, who had lived the nightmare that was
      > Cultural Revolution and was all too familiar with the genuine
      > recoils in horror at Remy's disconnected pitch. As he recalls
      > follies, Remy at least has the insight and humour to suggest that
      > Chinese woman's horror was perfectly intelligible. He and his pals
      > over the fact there was only one self-loathing "ism" they didn't
      > in the '60s and '70s – "cretinism". Pity we can't say the same for
      > Michael Moore.
      > Jim Nolan, an industrial relations lawyer and veteran ALP member,
      > frequently on human rights issues.
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