September 28, 2007, - 9:39 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I’ll start from the end of this movie, “The Kingdom” (out in theaters, today) to give you a good idea what it’s about. This isn’t a spoiler. But it’s an important comment on the juxtaposition of two men, two scenes, at the conclusion of the movie.
At the conclusion of “The Kingdom,” We’re shown the family of a terrorist leader just killed by the FBI in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi mother asks her son why he’s not crying or afraid after he just witnessed the shooting death of his terrorist leader grandfather at the hands of Black and female FBI agents. The young boy responds:
He told me, “Don’t worry, my child. We will kill them all.”
Then, the camera cuts to the Black FBI agent (Jamie Foxx), the lead counterterrorism agent involved in the terrorist’s assassination–his race is important because most Blacks in Saudi Arabia are slaves and are looked down upon and called “abed” (slave) even if they aren’t. He is asked by his young son what he said to comfort the grieving young daughter of an FBI agent murdered in a terrorist attack (committed by the assassinated terrorist leader). The FBI agent (Foxx) tells his son:
I told her we’d kill ‘em all.
In the final analysis, that’s the message of the action thriller “The Kingdom.” The lead FBI counterterrorist agent and the chief terrorist are morally equivalent. They say the same thing. They have the same message. They are both killers. One is not better than the other.
But aside from that, before you decide whether to see this weekend’s heavily promoted new release, “The Kingdom,” you need to take a short quiz. It only has one question:
Which of the following is true in real life?:
a) After the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allowed a team of FBI agents into the country to investigate, a billionaire Saudi Prince helped the FBI extensively, and a Saudi police Colonel enthusiastically helped the FBI track down the terrorist murderers inside the Kingdom?;
b) An American woman–an FBI agent, no less–is allowed to roam and gallivant around Saudi Arabia in a very short-sleeved tight T-shirt, bearing all of her arms, and without anything covering her long, flowing hair . . . and she carries a machine gun in the process?;
c) A Jewish man–an American FBI agent, no less–is allowed into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that his grandmother lives in Israel, and he has three stamps from Israel in his passport from three separate trips to visit her there. When asked whether he’s “got a problem with that,” a Saudi police Colonel says, “It is not a concern,” and waives the Jewish-American with the Israeli stamps in his passport into the Kingdom, since they are such a tolerant society?;
d) Only a distinct, small group of Saudi Arabians are Wahhabis, with the rest being law-abiding moderate Muslims running and living in the Kingdom?;
e) The FBI Director will not pander to Muslims and tells off the U.S. Attorney General about it, saying “We won’t cry uncle,” when one of his agents is killed in a Saudi terrorist attack. He tells the pro-Saudi AG, “The end is coming no matter what. The only thing that matters is if you go out on your feet or on your knees.” He insists on sending his men inside the Kingdom to investigate, and to get there, he has his top agent (Jamie Foxx) blackmail and threaten a Saudi Prince and Ambassador (who–surprise!–looks exactly like recent Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Prince Turki Al-Faisal)?
Which if these five things is true in real life? Which would actually or has actually happened?
If you answered, “None of the above,” then you are cleared to see “The Kingdom,” but you wouldn’t want to waste your time and ten bucks to view this pan-Saudi propaganda.
If you answered that any of the above is true, you are clearly too ignorant to attend a showing of “The Kingdom.” You will believe anything Hollywood puts in your face. And you’re dangerous.
The truth is, none of the above is true in real life. But all of the above are portrayed as true in “The Kingdom.”
In fact, despite many pandering requests and stronger demands, the Saudis did NOT allow the FBI into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after Saudi terrorists attacked and murdered Americans in the Khobar Towers bombing. The FBI did NOT get to investigate at the crime scene.
In fact, women–especially sexy American women with machine guns–are not allowed to run around the country without their arms fully covered along well as their body and hair. That’s not what were shown with an FBI agent played by Jennifer Garner. The only hint of anything is when fellow FBI agent Jamie Foxx tells her, “You need to dial down the boobies,” for a dinner with their pro-American ally, the Saudi Prince, who resembles the anti-American Saudi billionaire Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal just a little too closely.
In fact, while few Jews are allowed into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, NO Jews with stamps from Israel on their passports are allowed in. That’s a strict no-no and is official written and practiced Saudi diplomatic protocol. The only ones allowed in with an Israeli stamp on their passports are Muslims who live in Israel or the Palestinian Authority who are on the Hajj, making the pilgrimage to Mecca. That is the only exception and it is very hush-hush. Yet, the movie makes a point of showing us Jewish FBI agent Jason Bateman (who should have retired after “Silver Spoons“) raising the issue of his Israeli-stamp-filled passport, with the Saudis telling him they’re not concerned about it. Riiiight.
In fact, almost all Saudis are Wahhabis, following the strict, extremist teachings of Mohammed Ibn Abd-Al-Wahhab. There isn’t this small group of radicals, like Crips and Bloods, who think this way and can be singled out. They all think this way (but for the few oppressed, persecuted Shi’ites in the Kingdom–who are just as extremist but don’t follow Ibn Abd-Al-Wahhab) in Saudi Arabia.
In fact, FBI Director Robert Mueller has made it his policy not to stand up for his agents, but to kowtow to the Saudis and their well-funded surrogates here on U.S. soil. He’s had his agency sponsor their events and has broken pita with the Saudi-funded American Muslims tied most strongly to terrorists.
Instead of telling the Attorney general, “We won’t cry ‘uncle,'” Mueller cries “uncle” on a daily basis and asks his Islamist friends around America in which falsetto tone they’d like to hear it on that particular day. Like he’d ever blackmail a Saudi Prince/Ambassador. Puh-leeze. His nose is irreversibly brown from kissing their butts on a regular basis.
The rest of the movie is equally hilarious in its falsehoods. We see a Saudi police commander telling his Colonel to use all of his energy to “get these criminals” who murdered Americans. Uh-huh. We’re shown endless scenes of the pro-American Saudi police Colonel lovingly affectionate with his daughter, then scenes of the FBI agent Jamie Foxx calling his young son. See?–We’re exactly alike. We’re just like the Saudis. They love their kids, just as we love ours. At least, that’s the movie’s propagandistic message.
The Saudi Colonel, Faris Al-Ghazi, became a cop because he watched “The Incredible Hulk” and “The Six Million Dollar Man” as a kid. (Did they even have those on Saudi TV back then? Doubtful.) See?–We’re exactly alike. He wants to “get those men who murdered innocent people [Americans].” See–We’re exactly alike, even watched the same TV shows growing up.
(Ironically, the actor who plays “American-loving” Al-Ghazi, Ashraf Barhom, an Israeli Christian Arab, played a Palestinian terrorist leader in the pro-homicide bomber movie, “Paradise Now.”)
We’re also told that “Saudis, like Americans, don’t do manual labor. They believe it’s beneath them.” See?–“We’re Exactly Alike,” Comparison #5,376. It goes on and on and on in this movie.
Director Peter Berg claims “The Kingdom” is “98 percent action, 2% message.” But he’s lying. It’s 100% false message and propaganda . . . with action thrown in to make it go easily down the American throat.
Berg told USA Today how upset he was when clueless American audiences like the movie and think it’s patriotic (like the applauding for this tripe of a movie, as the ignorant audience did when I saw it in August):
When a test screening in Sacramento erupted in cheers during a battle scene (he was hoping for a more somber reaction), he told Universal Studios executives he wanted a screening for a largely Muslim audience.
“I didn’t want this to be an ‘America kicks (butt)’ movie,” he says. I wanted action but not jingoistic action.” . . . [DS: As I’ve written many times, “jingoistic” is the word the left–especially in Hollywood–uses to deride American patriotism.]
[After a London audience gave the scene an ovation], Berg decided audiences were cheering a win over terrorism, not [DS: American] nationalism, and kept the scene.
As I’ve noted in a previous column and also here, I believe there’s Saudi money behind this movie. At first the Saudis look bad in this film, but in the end, they work hand in hand with the Americans to “get the terrorists.” That’s not how it happens in real life. But that’s the message the Saudis have been desperately trying to pimp on the American public–without much success–over the past 6 years since 15 of their countrymen murdered almost 3,000 Americans.
Now, they’ve found a way to do it–through an insidious thriller that’s really just outside wrapping for a pan-Saudi Trojan horse.
While I can’t prove the Saudi financing behind this one, I have already documented that Saudi advisors consulted on what was in the film:
How much Saudi or Muslim money is going into this propaganda film? Would love to know, but the credits don’t tell you that kind of info. What they do show is that two Saudis, Yamen Al-Hajjar and Ahmed Al-Ibrahim (who also co-stars in the movie), are listed as consultants on Arabic, Islam, and Saudi Arabia. Al-Hajjar is a Saudi National who is a student at Boston University and says he will return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after graduation to work for Saudi Aramco oil company. I’m sure they’re not biased at all in favor of their native land and “peaceful” religion.
After I wrote this, Al-Hajjar e-mailed me and was clearly very upset. I think by exposing his involvement and connections to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I exposed their very visible plan.
Whether or not the Saudis heavily invest in the Kingdom, they clearly got their money’s worth.
And, as I noted, Jamie Foxx is in on this Islamist propaganda machine and very motivated to perpetrate the fakery. He said:
Well, my biological father is Muslim . . . . It was a breath of fresh air as opposed to what you see on TV. It was beautiful to see the other side in a good light.
It’s not a breath of fresh air. It’s stale, old propaganda in new, more clever packaging.
Don’t go to “The Kingdom.” But if you do, make sure you wear a headcovering and/or hide your Israeli-stamped passport. And bring a BS detector.
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