posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 12:38 PM
MICHAEL MOORE'S FAHRENHEIT 9-11
Was Fahrenheit 9-11 nothing but strung-together anti-Bush Propaganda?
Well, yes....and no.
Either way it sure will cause people to talk about it, and that is the life blood of any film in this post modern age of the DVD and rental movies
where people would just as soon stay at home and not be hassled by tickets and crowds and noisy talkers...
But the audience I was with near midnight last Monday kept themselves GLUED to the screen: this is the kind of film that grabs your attention then
HOLDS it....which means, Guaranteed Box Office !
But what about its contents? Can you believe any of it?
Moore did string together a great deal of "hard news" information which was kept OUT of the American Press: e.g. the number of dead and mutilated
Iraqi civilians, especially young children, are actually shown IN COLOUR often with their body parts blown out, we see the anguish on the face of
several Iraqi mothers who've lost their entire family in the bombing (asking Why are you Doing This to Us? What did WE do to YOU Americans?):
Also, there are hints to the Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal which violated the 4th Geneva Convention which left the audience visibly shaken.
Moore also showed the unmistakeable fact that throughout the heavy March-April 2003 bombings, the US deliberately targeted Iraqi civilian locations
(e.g. marketplaces, schools, banks, libraries, and other "civilian infrastructures" meant to emotionally paralyse the already "economically
sanctioined" Iraqi population and "bomb them back" a few technological centuries), and Moore included a touching human interest in the story
involving a "real life" Flint, Michigan "patriotic flag waiving" American mother whose son was killed in action.
Michael Moore is of course also from Flint MI, and so the implication is that this whole mess has touched him personally.
Moore's clever (and sometime cruel) splicing-together of interviews pepper the film (at one point, Moore approaches some US congressmen with young
adult children to ask them to get their "kids" to sign up for duty) and the looks on the congressmen's faces speaks volumes about the double
standard of the ruling elite in this country.
This is the kind of brave "journalism" effect which clearly was one of the highlights of the film.
But, by the same token, Mr Moore left a good bit of the hard facts of the "larger" story OUT which would have produced a counter-visceral reaction
(e.g. Moore's choice deliberately NOT to show visuals of the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center in NYC).
Also curiously absent from Moore's film was any reference to Israel or Israelis and especially the FIVE LAUGHING ISRAELI MOSSAD AGENTS who were
arrested the morning of 9-11 perched atop the adjacent bldg to the WTC taking pictures of the event as it happened.
Transcripts of their detention and interrogation by the FBI and CIA are now classified TOP SECRET by the US Govt, as are ANY Israeli links to 9-11,
are "Classified Top Secret: National Security Issue") and apparently involved the socalled "Babylonian Exile" term "Operation Shekinah"(which
Americans have re-named Shock-And-Awe)
But he DID mention the FACT that 11 out of ther 15 hijackers were SAUDIs (and NONE were in fact, Iraqis) and showed a number of times the
"doublespeak" (read: lies) of the US government (including Ms Condoleeza Rice, Mr Wolfowitz, Mr Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld) on the pseudo-connection
between Saddam Hussein and 9-11, as well as the socalled Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and the "pending threat" to the US of Iraq and Al-Qaida
which they all claimed for half a year ad nauseam were somehow in cahoots with each other....
The lies of the present Administration were exposed again and again, something which the US press has been loathe to point out with any vigour until
Also featured in the film was the Bush Family's disturbing and long-standing Saudi connection (generally avoided in the US press) and the fact that
several prominent members of the (Saudi born) Bin Laden family were allowed special transportation to leave the US on 9-13 at a time when US citizens
were grounded, and the fact that the Bin Ladens were allowed to leave the country without being interrogated by the CIA or the FBI raises some
disturbing questions about Bush and his "PNAC" circle of oilmen.
Moore however "mysteriously" left out Bush' s "Masonic" Skull and Bones Connection at Yale University (both Kerry and Bush are members of that
Elite Establishment which boasts a number of corporate and high level political leaders in the US): that would have added a little credibility to his
film, but may have tarnished Kerry and the Democratic ticket...it seems Moore wants specifically to reveal ONLY the dirt on proBush Republicans
On balance was actually kind of a refreshing to see another view (knowing that the editing was deliberately provacative in advance), that is, apart
from all the blind pro-war, blind pro-Zionist, blind pro-Bush propaganda that Americans have been subjected to since before the invasion of Iraq in
the US "news" (or rather, Dis-InfoTainment) over the 5 corporate controlled major news media outlets (e.g. CBS NBC ABC CNN FOX, which means ONLY 5
Corporations control almost ALL of the "News" that passes over the airwaves in the US).
The impression one has while leaving the theatre is: the American people have been duped (again!) and lied-to by an Administration who cares nothing
for the Truth, or else feels the average American "can't handle the truth" about our real reasons for being over there in the first place in the
21st century---something rarely seriously discussed in the US press : O-I-L.