March 6, 2008, - 12:21 pm

On Patrick Swayze’s Cancer: Pray for the Hero of “Red Dawn”

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Video Added – “Red Dawn” Trailer and “She’s Like the Wind”; SCROLL DOWN ****
On this site, I’ve been extremely critical of actor Patrick Swayze over the years. That includes his drunken piloting of a plane and then covering it up when it crashed, his claim that he knows the Arab world because he raises Arabian horses (in his critique of the Iraq war), his defense of Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic comments, and his promotion of the Islamic Arab Gulf States (including his project to star as and sanitize the true story of an Arab Muslim Sheikh who was kidnapped from his Anglo parents and forcibly converted to Islam). While I was critical, I felt he did these things out of utter ignorance, not malicious intent against America, like, say, Alec Baldwin, Angelina Jolie, or Sean Penn.


Patrick Swayze (and Charlie Sheen) Starred in “Red Dawn”

That said, despite my utter disagreement with his misguided, ill-advised activities and statements, my prayers are with him as he tries to fight pancreatic cancer. Having just lost my beloved father, H.L. Schlussel, MD–Blessed Be His Memory–to this aggressive and largely terminal form of cancer, I know what it is like to watch someone you love know that he will certainly die very soon from this horrible illness.
As an optimist, I hate to be pessimistic on this kind of thing. Anything is possible, and only G-d knows the future. But, even though Swayze’s spokespeople dispute tabloid reports that he has only five weeks to live, the fact is that almost all of those stricken with pancreatic die within five years. And most die within five or six months.
My father, fortunately, outlived that amount of time, which he was given by doctors as the prognosis for the length of the rest of his lifespan. But he, too, died far too quickly and much before his time. Sadly, there is a Jewish gene, which makes it more likely that Ashkenazic Jews (those generally of European heritage) will develop pancreatic cancer in greater percentages than the general popularion.
I remember that, 24 years ago, Patrick Swayze starred in the great 1984 movie, “Red Dawn,” which showed us what would happen to America in a Communist invasion. That movie, which only recently came out on DVD, was vastly underrated and panned by liberal mainstream media movie critics. But it could easily be remade into “Green Dawn” or “Black Dawn,” an accurate portrayal of what would happen–and may very well happen–when Muslims take over America, as is their declared goal. Hard to believe that movie is nearly a quarter century old.
At the time it came out, we were in the midst of fighting the Soviets and other forces of Communist hegemony in the Cold War. That’s why despite universal critical panning, the movie was a box office success, with Americans paying to see it in droves. It was an important film that embodied the fight Ronald Reagan was preventing in our future by fighting–and beating–it during his Presidency. If only President Bush had done the same in the last 6.5 years, instead of kowtowing to it. Unlike Ronald Reagan, his actions insure that “Black Dawn” will not just be a movie.

From “Red Dawn”:

Soviet Communists Take Over McDonaldsky & Much More

The handsome, talented Swayze was magnificent as the hero who stood for freedom in “Red Dawn.” And he not only starred in big hits like “Dirty Dancing” (which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary), “Ghost,” and the hockey movie, “Youngblood,” but he was a talented, accomplished dancer and singer (don’t forget his hit song, “She’s Like the Wind,” which others pan as cheesy, but which I still like; last year, it was remade into a hit by hip-hoppers). And I loved him as a Confederate soldier in “North & South,” the ’80s ABC Civil War miniseries (remember network miniseries?). He was definitely a showman.
Perhaps his affliction with pancreatic cancer will draw much needed attention to this form of cancer, which has no obvious symptoms, no cure, and does not get the attention other more “sexy” disease, like breast cancer and AIDS, do. There has been very little advance in treatment of pancreatic cancer because it afflicts to few and, therefore, gets little money for research and advancement in finding cures and effective treatments.
Pray for Patrick Swayze. It’s very sad. I hope he recovers and that this is not an obituary. But, unfortunately, the odds are against him. Maybe he will beat them.


Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost,” and “North and South”

**** UPDATE: Trailer from Patrick Swayze’s “Red Dawn” and Patrick Swayze Video/”She’s Like the Wind”:

**** UPDATE #2: Reader Ari says this comment about pain, from “Roadhouse,” is the best line ever delivered by Patrick Swayze:

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11 Responses

Well said, Debbie. I hope he beats it. I’m going to order the “Red Dawn” dvd as I haven’t seen the movie for years. Love the cover they gave it.

Freudianslippers on March 6, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Great actor and a great song!! Debbie, you forgot to mention his movie “Roadhouse”. I consider “Roadhouse” to be a guy-flick…..serious ass-kickin’bar fights, beautiful women, monster trucks, guns and Sam Elliot (The coolest cowboy and voice in Hollywood). The movie also starred Jeff Healy that died this week.
Thank you Patrick Swayze for sharing your talent with us.

newinnewark on March 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Hi Debbie,
I know you’ve been very critical of Patrick Swayze, so it was nice to read this. I loved Red Dawn myself, and it was incredibly panned by the critics, of whom 85 percent or so, have a liberal perspective.
An interesting thing to think about, if the U.S. had not intervened in Afghanistan and armed the Mujahdeen against the Russians, would the Taliban and al Qaeda have formed… and thus the attacks on the U.S.?
For all the problems with communism, it has been the most effective system in containing Islamism and liberating Muslim women. In Uzbekistan for example, a hundred years ago, the women lived in villages, wore Parandjas, their version of Abbayas, weren’t educated, and were treated like property under Sharia law. Today, thanks to the Russian influence, Uzbek (Muslim) women wear thongs and string bikinis, are educated, no hejab, the vast vast majority reject Sharia law and like Americans.

Mister Ghost on March 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I too wish the best for Patrick Swayze
Mr Ghost
It’s also debatable whether the Soviet Union would have come unravelled had the Afghan war not bled them white. I have mixed opinions about whether the US picked the right side in the 80s – after all, supporting the Afghan jihad (that’s what ‘Mujahideen’ do) not only meant supporting a war against the Soviets, but also backing an Islamic Pakistan, and promoting future terror not just against India, but also worldwide, since KSM did most of his ops from Pakistan. OTOH, had no Afghan war happened, Gorbachev would probably still be running things in the Soviet Union.
As for the Uzbeks, you are right that after 70 years of Communist rule, they had been thoroughly de-islamized. Yet, of the 6 Muslim ex-Soviet republics, they are the most vulnerable to re-Islamizing, since they have as their national hero the 15th century Jihadi conqueror Tamerlane, whose major centers of power – Samarqhand, Bukhara, Ferghana – are all in Uzbekistan. In fact, the Islamic movement of Turkestan – which is an al-Qaeda affiliated outfit with goals on all 5 republics – is primarily composed of Uzbeks, even though as countries, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan seem to have slipped a lot further into the dar-ul-Islam camp, while in Uzbekistan, there is a major crackdown on anybody thought to be following Islam seriously.
A lot of people have been holding up countries like Turkey and Kosovo as model Islamic countries. BS! The only model Muslim countries where Islam has been adequately contained (so far) are Uzbekistan and to a greater extent, Kazakhstan, where its near majority Russian population have kept it in check from falling into the hands of dar ul Islam.

Infidel Pride on March 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Debbie, this is to alert you to a serious terrorist attack in Jerusalem at the Merkaz haRav yeshiva in the Qiryat Moshe neighborhood. Two or 3 Arab terrorists entered the yeshiva armed with rifles and starting shooting in all directions. At least 6 dead on our side, plus 2 terrorists killed by police. There may be a 3rd who is still being sought by police and special army units inside. The TV reports dozens of wounded. At least one of the dead terrorists seems to be wearing a bomb vest.

Eliyahu on March 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

1) This has been a tough week for those appearing in “Roadhouse.” First, the blind guitarist, Jeff Healey died. Now this.
2) This: is the best Swayze related song ever (Much better than “She’s like the wind” (which is NOT calculated to drum up sympathy for Mr. Swayze.)

Ari on March 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:
My mother died of Pancreatic Cancer.
Until she contracted the disease, I’d never even heard of it.
She was sick for a long time, but none of the Army doctors at Fort Bragg, North Carolina’s Womack Army Medical Center could figure out why.
Finally, they did exploratory surgery and discovered the cancer, but, there was nothing they could do about it.
At the time, I was attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and had just enough money, if I was careful, to make one trip.
So, I elected to go visit her while she was still alive, even though it meant I would not be there for her funeral.
It was her idea for me to visit Israel, one of the most memorable and spiritually moving events of my entire life.
Years after her passing, I visited her grave in Riverview Memorial Gardens near Spring Lake, North Carolina, where I placed flowers and a plush stuffed rabbit.
A long time passed (Months? Years?) before I could once again see her grave, and I was truly surprised to see that the plush stuffed rabbit was STILL there!
I thought surely, someone would have stolen it or removed it.
I wrote a letter to the editor of the Fayetteville, North Carolina newspaper, praising and expressing my gratitude to the people of Cumberland County.
I’ve since learned that Pancreatic Cancer is considered a silent killer, for by the time any symptoms appear, it’s already too late to save the patient.
That’s why it’s almost impossible to save anyone from Pancreatic Cancer, because you have to catch the disease BEFORE the person knows they’re sick.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

writesong on March 6, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Red Dawn reminds us of how far we have regressed as a civilization. At least in the early 80s it was possible to make a movie about fighting against a Communist takeover. I can’t conceive of a movie being made today about native-born grass roots Americans fighting against a Muslim takeover or against the Muslims that are trying to destroy our society.
Hopefully he will beat this.

c f on March 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm

My father died January 4, 2007 of pancreatic cancer, 6 weeks after diagnosis. After his death I discovered, through investigation of charities at, the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research. My sister and I requested that memorial donations be sent there, we donated, and I continue to donate to Lustgarten, a highly reputable charitable organization trying to beat this aggressive killer. If anyone feels compelled to take action I would encourage you to investigate this charity and to donate.

fatgreencat on March 6, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I wish him well. cancer is a painin the butt.

mindy1 on March 6, 2008 at 9:13 pm

I, too wish Patrick Swayze well. I remember in the early 1990s, when Michael Landon died from pancreatic cancer. It seems like he had just been diagnosed when he died. He was just 53, I think.
As for Red Dawn, the libs are still calling it a fascist fantasy and the like. They never did understand the threat that we faced from Communism and that we still face from Islamo-fascism and other countries that want to destroy us.

Loser on March 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm

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