April 26, 2006, - 1:04 am

“United 93”: Movie of the Year

When previews for “United 93” were shown in New York City movie houses, the crowd whined, “Too soon!”
But “United 93” is not arriving in theaters too soon. If anything, it is arriving too late.
It has been almost five years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and most Americans have fallen back to sleep. They’ve forgotten who our enemy is: extremist Islam. They’ve forgotten why the Patriot Act was enacted. They’ve forgotten why it was necessary for in America to their friends overseas. They’ve forgotten why it is necessary that many Islamic charities allegedly funding hospitals and orphanages must be shut down (because as on 9/11, they fund acts and groups that continue to put people in hospitals and orphanages).
That’s why “United 93” should be required movie viewing for all Americans who love freedom . . . while we still have it. This movie is the wake-up call that needs to be visited upon anyone who questions why our government responded the way it did when nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists.

“United 93” is vivid, it is terrifying, and it is real.
And while all Americans should see this film, there are special groups who need to see it more than others:
* Assorted ACLU-style lawyers and activists: They need to suffer through this movie and remind themselves of those whose memories they are blaspheming with their endless lawsuits on behalf of the compatriots of their murderers.
* The giant pinata of kowtowing federal “law enforcement” bureaucrats, like , Homeland Security lawyer and Islamist outreach figure , and various local fed sachems like , Michigan FBI Special Agent in Charge , and his ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) counterpart, . All of these individuals have, instead, repeatedly , and even given to Sunni and Shia Islamists and even fund terrorism.
* FAA brass: The stars of this film are really the memories of the fallen heroes of Flight 93 (Jeremy Glick, Todd Beamer, Thomas Burnett, and many others) who bravely fought back. But on of the biggest stars of this film is Ben Sliney. He is not an actor at all, but was Chief of Air Traffic Control Operations at the FAA’s Command Center on 9/11. He plays himself, and demonstrates his heroic behavior amidst the chaos.

United 93 Hero-Victim Jeremy Glick, 9/11 Hero/Movie Star Ben Sliney

Sliney did the best he could while his FAA superiors repeatedly refused to give approval for F-16 fighters to engage the hijacked planes. Has the FAA bureaucracy changed enough from that day? Since the agency is still supremely worried about profiling of Arabs and Muslims rather than aviation safety, apparently not.

United 93 Hero-Victims Todd Beamer and Thomas Burnett

* Most Hollywood directors and writers, who could learn a thing or two from this movie’s director/writer Paul Greengrass, who did not make editorial comment. He stuck strictly the 9/11 commission reports and recountings of conversations provided by relatives and ground crews.
Perhaps that is why the hijab-wearing woman I saw and her Muslim male companion walked out of the film with big frowns on their faces. I think they wanted this film to make the hijackers Samoans or Icelanders. This movie is not PC. It sticks to the story as it happened.
And the identity and motivations of the hijackers are quite clear, from their red headbands and body hair removal to their repeated incantations of “Allah Hu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “Bismullah” (in the name of Allah).
In many ways, what happened on United Flight 93 is a microcosmic view of the war we are fighting against Islamic terrorism all over the world, but especially on our own soil.
The passengers on the flight knew that if they did not fight the Islamic terrorists on board, they would probably meet their deaths. They spoke with family and friends on the ground who were watching live TV coverage of the events that had already occurred that morning. They knew that two planes already flew into the World Trade Center and that there was an explosion near the Pentagon.
They realized that their Islamic hijackers were on a suicide mission. And they decided to pursue an effort in the remote chance that they might save themselves, but knowing they would likely go down fighting, as they did. You can’t help but agree with a male passenger’s shout of “You bastard!” as he joined the other men on the plane in stabbing one of their hijackers with forks and knives.
Even though it is only the fourth month of the year, I’m confident in proclaiming “United 93” the Movie of the Year. It’s a good bet that Hollywood will not produce such an important and provocative film in the remaining eight months.
It is coincidental that this movie comes out the same week both sides rested their case in the last phase of the . While the United 93 passengers had barely a warning–perhaps less than an hour, we have had plenty of warning in America. It was not just the 9/11 attacks and the foiled shoe-bomber attempt in 2001, and other escapades since. Before that, we had the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000, the blowing up of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998, the 1996 Khobar Towers attacks, “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia, and so on. Before that, Hezbollah–a group which works with Al-Qaeda training its insurgents and which took part in the Khobar Towers attack–hijacked , torturing to death , and murdered 300 U.S. military and civilian personnel in Lebanon.
Yes, we have had the warnings. Plenty of them. And unlike in Hollywood, in real life, Jack Bauer does not usually save the day.
The question is: Will we take heed of them like the passengers on United 93 and go down fighting? Or will we “see no evil” and silently, willingly submit to the will of the Islamists who repeatedly tell us of their mission . . . until the West is dead?
So far, the answer is latter, and that is why “United 93” is a necessary and vital film. And it is also well done.

I note that two pro-homicide bombing/terrorism movies I’ve reviewed over the last year, “,” and “,” both turn the screen to white at the point of their deadly explosions. But “United 93” ends with a black screen. Unlike the aims of those two films, “United 93” shows us there is nothing pure white about the murder of innocent civilians. It is simply dark and evil.

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59 Responses

the-bruno+his pals : the trolls of this site.

danny on April 29, 2006 at 5:00 pm

the-bruno+his pals,You talk as if you aren’t a parasite on america.You are what -to -b’s.As far as fighting for the u.s.a. it’s a sure bet you’ve done shit lately besides the hate filled homophobe…etc energy at your keys.I still work to keep terror down.How about any one of your shit pals here?The man..the bruno ,jay wilted ,the list of you what to b’s. lets hear what you do to help america.Come on punks .That’s what I thought.Now go back to your trolling at websites.And teach us .What do you do?retired fat fuck or what.Did your 2,3,4years in the forces?I bet.And now you act as the true americans.You are the perfect examples of what a WHAT TO BE is . And as far as hurting me with talk of dicks in the mouth and more from you pals.It’s just hate ball trhe same+ it is you.

danny on April 29, 2006 at 9:40 pm

you are hate filled and no better than anyone.No better than anyone.You aren’t want to b’s.You are What to b’s.What to be if you want to be trolling hate minded ignorant fools.All proud of each other here on Deb’s site.

danny on April 29, 2006 at 9:51 pm

Do you have a clue what you are saying right now or is it the crack speaking? Is it your delusion of the week that you are Jack Bower or something? Do the prison’s know what you access on your computers?
As far as myself, I do my part in the war on terrorism. I vote Republican! I am too old to go and start a military carreer and I have two young children. Hence, I choose to be with them. As for my family, there are 9 ex-military (retired) and two current military members. Both of them female. Both of them likely above any rank you dreamed you had. One served directly under Tommy Franks in military intel. The other trains fighter pilots. BOTH fight in this war!
Now what is it that you think you do for the war on terrorism? Or should I put that in a way you will understand it: nwo wat it is htaht oyui tghinjk moyu od ofr hte rawar no treroism

TheIcePrincess on May 1, 2006 at 2:23 pm

This is tooooo funny … I’ve already spotted some of the staffers from Slate.
Doctrinal syntax is a B**** ain’t it:) LOLOLOLOLOLOL
And recruiting ‘gentle Canadian Libs’ … even funnier. Those are the Pervs who sued a Catholic church into oblivion, with LIBERAL government backing because a priest happened to say within a Catholic Church that being a Perv is abomination. Friggin Perv fascists.
Yep … Slate is desperate … they haven’t got the stones for factual debate … it’s all socialist mythology covering malicious and pathological hatred of all things good … and all things American.
They sneak in here to see if they can survive. But thay always pose as something else … what wimps.
That’s called intellectual fraud and ideological cowardness.

Athling on May 1, 2006 at 5:59 pm

As a native New Yorker who was there (SUNY Director), I must say Debbie, you have one thing wrong. It’s not extremist Islam that is the problem and threat…it is Islam, period. See my article at Selves and Others:

Cascade47 on May 3, 2006 at 8:55 pm

In many ways, what happened on United Flight 93 is a microcosmic view of the war we are fighting against Islamic terrorism all over the world, but especially on our own soil.
The passengers on the flight knew that if they did not fight the Islamic terrorists on board, they would probably meet their deaths.
Debbie Schlussel
“United 93”: Movie of the Year
April 26, 2006
“We have to do it now. We know what happens if we just sit here and do nothing….”
by Mia T, 4.30.06
CLINTON: ‘Can we kill ’em tomorrow?’
(+ Albright-Fulbright-Nobel TERRORISM revelations)
by Mia T, 4.24.06

Mia T on May 4, 2006 at 8:10 am

Finally got around to watching united 93 and ot be completly honest it was a really well made flick and i am really glade they didn’t use any big name actors because it would probably take away from the movies realism,but about Movie of the year I highly doubt it

Talbain on May 5, 2006 at 1:13 pm

There isn’t a person alive that knows what really went on up there that day. Knowing that and accepting a 90- minute film of the event to be the final word on the subject is just inviting ridicule.

theseanman66 on March 25, 2007 at 12:28 am

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