Home > Learning from "Fahrenheit 9/11"
by Robert Thompson
We have at last watched this brilliant film, which, as my wife has since said,
should be compulsory viewing for every single voter in the U.S.A., and I hope
that as many of you as possible have seen it.
Having been made aware by so many of you of the deliberate misinformation spread
across the U.S.A. by media subject to the control of the neo-cons, and their
failure to tell the public so much of what goes on in the word, we obviously
do not know how much was known on your side of the Atlantic before this revealing
film was made. However, I only gleaned three new items of information from Michael
Moore’s reports. I will therefore refer one by one to these elements which were
surprises for such a simple soul as myself.
The cowardice of the U.S. Senate
It was embarrassing that the Senators should have shown such collective and individual cowardice in that not a single one of them was willing to put his signature to the motions relating to massive disenfranchisement of certain categories of citizens, especially those with darker skin. If, as explained by Mr Moore, it only required one Senator to sign, it is difficult to know how any Senator can justify this dereliction of duty on the part of elected representatives of the people.
It was, in its own silly (and almost inconsequential) way, almost as embarrassing to learn that the great "Bible-bender", Mr John Ashcroft, believed that he could attract the populace to his vicious neo-fascist ideas by singing in public. Of course, we did not let that stop us from having one of the rare laughs inspired by what is, of course, a terrifyingly grim record of dishonesty and hypocrisy. This record included this same man steam-rollering the notorious Patriot Act through deeply slumbering elected representatives of the people - perhaps a further case of collective cowardice. As was so clearly stated, fear is a powerful means of fooling the public, and making unthinking persons hate easily identified scape-goats chosen with care, just as the Nazis selected the Jews to concentrate such articificially created (and assiduously fanned) flames of hatred onto supposed "threatening enemies".
The new "Battle-Hymn of the Republic(an neo-cons)"
Our horror, going far beyond mere embarrassment, was aroused by the disgusting words of the "theme song" commented on so crudely by several members of the U.S.A. armed forces. In this song, it was suggested that every Iraqi man had incestuous relations with his mother. This vile attitude to fellow human beings was shown being put into practice, in the shots of Gestapo-type raids on ordinary Iraqi homes, including those carried out on Christmas Eve with a background of slushy sentimental post-Christian songs.
As I have written above, we had the feeling that every voter should see this film, and we were greatly impressed by the broad sweep of the information so cleverly condensed into such limited time. Mr Moore is to be congratulated in having made a film which very clearly well deserved its Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also deserves to be heeded in answer to his open letter to all voters just published.