December 26, 2007, - 12:56 pm

Another Schlussel Prediction Comes True: Clint Eastwood Favors Movie on “Great Stories” From Qaeda’s Point of View; Admits He Falsely Defamed Troops

By Debbie Schlussel
I predicted this, and it should be headline news. Dirty Harry’s made the final plunge into the dark side.
Last year, when Clint Eastwood made “Letters From Iwo Jima”–a story of the Battle at Iwo Jima from the Japanese point of view, I noted two things. I pointed out the unfairness of portraying U.S. soldiers as shooting Japanese soldiers, who’d already surrendered. Frankly, I wondered if he could point to a real example of that. AND I predicted–sort of tongue in cheek, but also to make a point–that Eastwood’s grandchildren would make a movie from Al-Qaeda’s point of view:

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Iwo Jima: They Risked Their Lives so Clint Eastwood Could Trash Them

[A] few brief–but patently unfair–scenes showing Americans shooting Japanese soldiers who’d already surrendered. There is no evidence anything like this ever happened, but the point is to make American soldiers look bad. And it does the trick. . . .
I only hope that when Clint Eastwood’s grandchildren, 60 or 70 years from now, make their movie “from Al-Qaeda’s” point of view, it is equally boring and ineffective.

In a previous post on the movie over two years ago–when it was still being made–I also asked when Eastwood would make a movie from Qaeda’s point of view:

The only question I have for Eastwood is this: When is his pro-Bin Laden/Atta “perspective” film coming out about what happened on 9/11? That’s the logical progression of this outrageous “two morally equivalent sides to every story” BS that Eastwood is now pushing.

And in another review of “Letters,” I noted:

[T]he brief scenes of American soldiers show them to be creepy murderers who kill Japanese soldiers in cold blood after they’ve already surrendered. This is Director Clint Eastwood’s gift to the America that his given him so much–a huge slap in the face, after the first slap he already gave American Iwo Jima veterans with his specious, “Flags of Our Fathers,” earlier this fall.

Well, sadly, now my words have been borne out on both counts (though Eastwood’s grandchildren don’t figure into the mix).
Last night, on ABC News’ “Nightline,” Clint Eastwood admitted that 1) he basically made up the part in the movie about American troops murdering Japanese soldiers who’d already surrendered. And he thinks it will be a good idea to do a movie from Al-Qaeda’s point of view. When asked if there should be a movie made from the point of view of the Iraqi insurgents who’ve murdered our troops, Eastwood responded:

Sure. I’m sure there are some great stories there. Fifty years from now, they probably should make a movie like that. If I’m here . . . .

When asked, “Did American soldiers really shoot Japaneses soldiers who’d already surrendered, at point-blank range [as they do in "Letters from Iwo Jima"]?” Eastwood answered:

I’m sure that happens in every war.

In other words, he has no proof anything like that ever happened. He made it up. So, he resorts to the glittering generality about how that happens in all wars.
Keep this in mind the next time you see a movie directed by this liar and defamer of U.S. troops. Or better yet, skip his movies and rent “Dirty Harry” movies . . . when Eastwood was still proud to be an American.

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10 Responses

What else is new? How anyone can take anything they throw at us seriously is beyond me? They have proven over and over that they have no boundary to the trash that they are willing to throw our way, but the mindless minions out there hang on every word they say. Until those people wake up, we will continue to get trash like this. It is one thing to detest the leaders, but the young men and women that are willing to risk their life for this country deserve some respect.

Ford Jones on December 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Desperate for a legacy, Eastwood turns on those who protect him. Criticism will do no good. He considers himself better than other mere Americans. I stopped going to his pontificating propaganda years ago.

Pat on December 26, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Yes, only good people like you who bleed red, white and blue deserve to be patriots. God forbid, there are shades of gray in this world and some people like to explore those areas by making films about them.
Wow, maybe exploring other sides to issues could spark real dialogue and debate. Maybe, by understanding the way people think and do what they do we can figure out a better way to combat hate and needless future wars and killing in this world. Of course though, the narrow minded views expressed here are the only real and true way to look at the world, where only two colors matter, black and white.
You’re either with us or against us!
There’s more propaganda in this blog alone than Eastwood ever could put into film.

lawdood on December 26, 2007 at 10:34 pm

WATCH Evan Sayet’s talk called “How Modern Liberals Think” and you will see why Eastwood and many others are so twisted these days.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c
Please watch it. I’ve watched parts of it many times. Don’t be afraid to rewind it while watching it to catch certain aspects and make sure you watch the Q&A at the end. You’ll need some quiet time. After Evan’s logic soaks in, you’ll see the patterns everywhere!

Al on December 27, 2007 at 1:36 am

Perhaps a reporter might enquire of Mr. Eastwood if he intends to make a movie on the “Rape Of Naking” from the Japanese point of view. It would be an interesting “great story” to see.

jerry on December 27, 2007 at 8:35 am

Clint ‘Middle’Eastwood, I’m still surprised about his turning on us and carrying water for ‘them’, meaning our enemies. I suppose his image as a man who clearly stood against bad guys was just that.

Bosch Fawstin on December 27, 2007 at 11:29 am

Yes what doesn’t say gray area like shooting a scene about an American soldier firing on a surrendering Japanese soldier, because Clint’s sure that happens in all wars. That is really exploring both sides of the issue and because Hollywood always explores both sides of this aisle. You either agree with them or you are an archaic (insert phobia) here. Why you expect people to take get a job what a lazophobe you are? How dare you think that people who weigh over 500 pounds are responsible for their actions, you are an obesophobe. Why isn’t slaughtering a baby the right of every woman(outside of rape and health concerns), she shouldn’t have to take responsibility for her actions, because right now just isn’t the right time for her. You are just a whorophobe. But you know that murdering child molester, well he shouldn’t be put to death for his actions. If you ask me, I would say they are responsibility-phobes.

Ford Jones on December 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm

While I agree there is nothing interesting about a movie shot from al Qaeda’s perspective (unless it is to show the view from hate filled psychopaths), Americans did kill surrendering troops in every war we’ve fought. Normally these types of killings were preceeded by our enemies doing the same or worse. I recently saw the Ken Burns mini0series on WWII and saw a veteran recount how they had found some fellow Americans dead with their genitals cut off and in their mouths. He later stated his unit never took a prisoner after that. I’ve seen similar interviews with American vets from both the European and Pacific theaters.
The Japanese had a surrender rate of 1 per every 100 killed, meaning because of their culture they were unlikely to surrender. Finishing them off would have been the safest way to deal with any encounter of the Japanese. All that being said, no country on the whole treated their prisoners of war better than the U.S. did in WWII. But let’s not fool ourselves here, we don’t have the best history (see the Indian wars for reference)

Staypositive on December 27, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Flagging Erections of our Fathers?

Brian Akira on January 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm

My dear, dear Debbie….Dirty Harry is not dead nor is Mr. Eastwood’s patriotism. In the 1940’s there were no cellphones or internet so up-to-the-minute news took awhile to reach soldiers. The battle at Iwa Jima took place February 19 ñ March 26, 1945. The Japanese surrendered on September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri. I went to see Flags of Our Fathers on veteran’s day with my dad. The theater was full of elderly gentleman and as the movie ended, each one stood up and applauded. This movie was based on those men who, as photographed by Joel Rosenthal, rose the flag during battle. His story focused on a select group of people and he reflected them accurately. Letters from Iwa Jima was done, intentionally, from the Japanese point of view. Mr. Eastwood wanted to tell both sides of the story with different viewpoints. He is not unpatriotic, nor is he a traitor.

The Girl With No Name on December 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm

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