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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
      countries.
      --- 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,
      writes
      > frequently on human rights issues.
      >
      >
      http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9643247
      %5E7583,00.html
      >
      > 24may04
      >
      > GET ready for the Fahrenheit 9/11 onslaught and, I safely predict,
      > unprecedented levels of sycophancy for Michael Moore's newest
      agitprop.
      > No Niger uranium WMD lies here! Moore's "documentary" will be
      gushed
      > 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
      sabotaged
      > by Disney – a blatant lie uncritically now picked up by our local
      media.
      > Moore has been one of the most prominent beneficiaries of what
      Roger
      > Simon – the Hollywood screenwriter, novelist and blogger – has
      coined
      > "the politics of the last five minutes".
      >
      > Moore's Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine has, by
      definition,
      > dropped off the radar of the "politics of the last five minutes" –
      but
      > 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
      Columbine
      > made weather satellites, not missiles. Nor did he take the trouble
      to
      > explain that the Kosovo intervention was concerned with the rather
      more
      > grown-up task of the prevention of genocide in the former
      Yugoslavia.
      > Tony Blair and Bill Clinton courageously pre-empted the UN
      Security
      > Council which was paralysed in the face of genocide – a familiar
      pose
      > for that body. Does Moore stop to explain any of this? This was
      the
      > awful truth that would have exposed Moore's message for the fraud
      that
      > 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
      Pilger's
      > formulation explaining the left-wing tabloid Daily Mirror's
      fabricated
      > 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
      overlook
      > 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
      polished,
      > sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar,
      greedy,
      > stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as
      their
      > 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
      Cannes
      > 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
      Iraq.
      > Moore's indignant "anti-imperialism" over Iraq makes a convenient
      > existential leap right over Saddam's republic of fear and the
      200,000
      > 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
      real
      > agenda of the Islamo-fascists is to make he wretched of the earth
      more
      > wretched. Better to ignore the awful truth of this medieval
      reactionary
      > force – even out of their own mouths – in the interests of a warm
      and
      > fuzzy trip down memory lane.
      >
      > Those tempted by Moore's latest flick would be better served by
      treating
      > themselves to the latest movie from another old leftie – Canadian
      Denys
      > Arcand's brilliant Barbarian Invasions. Arcand's characters – not
      all
      > that unlike Moore – warmly remember the intellectual fashions of
      their
      > enjoyable, if somewhat misspent, baby boomer youth as their
      friend,
      > Remy, the philosopher and self-described "sensual socialist",
      waits to
      > die. Remy recounts a meeting in the early 1970s with a beautiful
      young
      > 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
      the
      > Cultural Revolution and was all too familiar with the genuine
      article,
      > recoils in horror at Remy's disconnected pitch. As he recalls
      these
      > follies, Remy at least has the insight and humour to suggest that
      the
      > Chinese woman's horror was perfectly intelligible. He and his pals
      laugh
      > over the fact there was only one self-loathing "ism" they didn't
      embrace
      > 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,
      writes
      > frequently on human rights issues.
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