Top 15 messages in Clint Eastwood's anti-war masterpiece "American Sniper"

Top 15 messages in Clint Eastwood's anti-war masterpiece "American Sniper"

I just watched "American Sniper. " I learned so much about manliness, honor, and love…

[And no, I didn't pay to see it. They were showing it free at McDonald's so it wasn't a torrent download.]

1. The war in Iraq was about fighting evil.

2. All the people killed by U.S. troops were America-hating bad guys (and women and children).

3. If you question the war, or war in general, you open the door to defeat. (The one soldier who questions the war, very briefly, dies, and Kyle explains his lack of faith in the mission killed him.)

4. No history or context for a war is necessary. What's important is that you are not a pussy and that you protect and get "revenge" for your buddies. (Revenge for being killed after invading a country and carrying out a war that killed roughly 2 million people, if you count the sanctions leading up to it, most of whom were civilians--albeit evil America-hating ones.)

5. Women, and people at home don't get it, so shut up and just worship the heroes that our soldiers are.

6. Chris Kyle was a kind, sensitive man who loved humanity and America and who only fought to protect the innocent from evil (like sheepdogs do). If he didn't do it, pussies and surrender monkeys would allow for terrorists to invade "San Diego and New York."

7. Terrorism stems from the inherent evil of Muslims and other weird brown peoples of the Middle East, not from the legacy of colonialism and Imperialism in the Middle East over the last century and beyond.

8. In the Iraq War, "they started it" by bombing embassies and carrying out the 9/11 attacks, which were totally unprovoked, cuz evil.

9. Falluja was totally evacuated, and anyone who was still there was an evil America-hating terrorist. (Never mind the U.S. use of banned phosphorus and cluster munitions, or that Falluja was a case of mass civilian slaughter that outraged the civilized world. See Dahr Jamail's reporting from Falluja as it happened.)

10. War is always about emotion, heroism, doing the right thing, and courage, and has nothing to do with stupid boring history, politics, or the global economic system that necessitates wars.

11. Iraqis tend to be sadistic, and they tortured people. We're shown this in the movie. They deserved to be killed. Someone had to stop them to protect the few good Iraqis, whom we don't see in the film. (You can tell they're evil by the way they keep trying to kill people invading their country.)

12. Iraqi snipers are evil and smile when they kill. American snipers kill to protect buddies and destroy evil, but feel conflicted about it, being so much more human.

13. PTSD is caused by the brutality of evil Iraqis and the way people at home, pussies, women, especially well-meaning but stupid and selfish wives, and others, don't get how all soldiers are heroes. It has nothing to do with being sent to murder millions of people for capitalism.

14. War is fought not to take land, resources, or control labor, but to protect American buddies, even when you are the invader and aggressor.

15. War is good and the American people need to keep fighting good wars and doing the right thing. If you don't get it you're not one of us.

Thank you Chris Kyle for each and every one of your 161 kills, and the black people, I mean looters, you said you killed in New Orleans.

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Comrade Motopu
Feb 1 2015 04:13

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br0wne
Feb 7 2015 23:53

Not at all. But it's going no where so I'll stop and let you get on with all your chat.

SRQ
Feb 8 2015 15:39

I would not go to macDonals in any circumstances. And expressions like this Evil and Bad are irrelvant, from whose point of view good is evil and bad is good. What I now about honor who cares does some one take it as evil or bad. It is same to them too, Us enjoying killing too. And no one deserve to be illed, it just one way to handel present and control it, cheap way.
These two are too fanatic to me:
11. Iraqis tend to be sadistic, and they tortured people. We're shown this in the movie. They deserved to be killed. Someone had to stop them to protect the few good Iraqis, whom we don't see in the film. (You can tell they're evil by the way they keep trying to kill people invading their country.)

12. Iraqi snipers are evil and smile when they kill. American snipers kill to protect buddies and destroy evil, but feel conflicted about it, being so much more human.

SRQ
Feb 8 2015 15:43

Now I was lying, couple of times went to macdonals when there was no other option, traveling whit bus, and it stop to macdonals and shell combinations. coffee, it was humiliating, how much demonstrated against these global companies from US, like those war movies are made ......

Auld-bod
Feb 8 2015 17:26

Haven’t seen ‘American Sniper’ so will only comment that Eastwood, as actor and director, has make some dire films – with some exceptions like ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ and ‘Unforgiven’.

IMO, Annaud’s ‘Enemy At The Gates’ was overhyped mainstream piffle with no political content.

The best war film I’ve seen is Klimov’s powerful, ‘Come And See’ (1985) set in Soviet Belarus in WW2, with human beings lost in the merciless horror of a world gone mad.

Khawaga
Feb 8 2015 17:33
Auld-bold wrote:
IMO, Annaud’s ‘Enemy At The Gates’ was overhyped mainstream piffle with no political content.

Yes it is. When I originally watched it I thought it was quite good, when I rewatched it a few weeks back (or rather, had it on in the background) I realized that it really is a steaming pile of shit. The acting is terrible, the characterizations ditto, though some of the action sequences are pretty decent. Though I never thought of the movie as anything but entertainment (hence, the no political content wasn't a surprise).

Davy33
Feb 10 2015 16:18

This film is pure unadulterated american propaganda, and at times you wonder is Bradley Cooper trying to portray Kyle as some what intellectually challenged. However the film portrays true reality up close combat but at the same time de-humanizes the people of Iraq, as untrustworthy and willing to kill at any time.
We definitely need more heroes...

hamid.moradei
Feb 11 2015 18:03

Later better than never

This Hitchcockian-psycho character is the perfect hero for a nation/state that has made shooting and killing a cult of the art of modern barbarism, whether in combat/war zones or at the local range or gun show; basterd himself was shot and killed in a local gun range by another supposedly American-hero.

He is hero for the ruling capitalist class of America that clings to its imperialistic dominant right to invade, mass murder men, women, children and destroy the entire social- fabrics in the peripheries with armaments, armoury and military equipment unimaginable in the mind of an ordinary human being.

A soldier’s/sniper’s gun is an extension of his life, existence and personality, through his mechanically enabled body-arms/vision but also through the prominence of weapons in his/her daily military life.

In the context of Americanization of war in the Middle East, Chirs Kely as an American Sniper symbolizes the visualized extension of the American ruling class’ military presence in the world and also in the Middle East.

In this sense, he is transformed not only in the movie, but in the reality of American society as well to an American Hero and the process hero making started prior to the process of Clinton movie production; his book, mass media appearances, his statue…

Thus, on the ideological- political realm of US’s capitalism/imperialism the American Sniper/s has to appear as a real hero for the justification of its war on global level; in its false/bourgeoisie-class consciousness there is no difference between the Hitchcockian-psych and a hero. The dilemma begins here for the American proletariat, who is forced to take the ruling dominant mentality, ideas and ideology of the ruling class as its own; due to ruling class’ total control of the entire production system.

As a Sense of the Ridiculous; making Kely as a hero by, at least, some part of American population can only be considered, as a Stockholm syndrome; i.e. capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.
hamid