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The Funniest Thing I’ve Read All Week…

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… is a review of The Dark Knight by some right-wing nutjob in the Wall Street Journal. It goes like this:

“There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war.”

I wasn’t aware that invading a sovereign nation required “moral courage”. However, I suppose some “fortitude” is needed to trample over human rights, or torture people.

Oh, wait –

Batman is a vigilante. He operates outside the law. He’s a criminal. So, by the same argument, George W Bush must be a criminal too.

The article also says:

“Conversely, time after time, left-wing films about the war on terror — films like “In The Valley of Elah,” “Rendition” and “Redacted” — which preach moral equivalence and advocate surrender, that disrespect the military and their mission, that seem unable to distinguish the difference between America and Islamo-fascism, have bombed more spectacularly than Operation Shock and Awe.”

Hang on. Islamo-fascism? That would be right-wing Muslim extremists who blow people up and fly planes into skyscrapers, then. Who are apparently not the same as right-wing American extremists who advocate invasion, extraordinary rendition and torture. Right-wing. Fascism. They look the same from where I’m standing.

Anyway, here’s the full article. Enjoy.

One thought on “The Funniest Thing I’ve Read All Week…

  1. There is something morally suspect about movies and ideologies that espouse a vigilante approach to solving problems. Go outside the law (the law protects wrong-doers), punish extra-judicially, torture to get information, assassinate troublesome opponents, as long as the end (never clear) serves some nebulous moral purpose. Vigilante-ism is lawlessness, the destruction of moral order and governance by consensus. The Dark Knight lynches his victims after exposing them to only summary justice; Bush carries out selfish foreign policy objectives with little consideration given over to suffering and petty notions like justice and due process. I suppose in that sense, the Prez and the Bat are simpatico…

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