posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 11:34 AM
Having seen "Stolen Honor", there is little in the film that is fact based (I would say nothing, but there are a few clips of Kerry speaking, but
that's hard to even call fact because it is chopped up and used in a deceptive way). To call it a documentary is a stretch because it is really just
the opinion of those that are interviewed. It is mainly the heartwrenching stories of several POWs & their wives who all make the claims that
somehow Kerry's anti-war activities prolonged their captivity and was used by their captors against them. What makes the film appear to be created
solely for the purpose of smearing Kerry is that of the thousands of anti-war protestors, they single out John Kerry and some of them make claims that
his exact words and name was used by their captors.
The claims are quite incredible as I don't know how this would have even been possible. I also don't know how the Vietcong would have seen the
television broadcasts of Kerry's testimony--it's not like they had TVs and VCRs out in the jungle in 1971. Even if excerpts of Kerry's testimony
was printed in the paper, it is unlikely that the NY Times or Washington Post was readily available in Hanoi during the war, or microfiche machines to
retrieve back copies. The claims that they replayed radio broadcasts to torture the prisoners are also a little farfetched--how did the Vietcong get
recordings of the broadcasts and play them over and over? Or the ability to transcribe them and type them? It just seemed like it was all
fabricated--when I was in college in the early 90's, I had difficulty getting back issues of newspapers and it was impossible to get old recordings
without jumping through hoops--how were the Vietcong able to get recordings, pictures, and transcripts of congressional testimony over 30 years ago
from a third world country with little or no access to American media?
To single out Kerry as the key to their torture and prolonged capture is what gives this film away as pure propaganda. Perhaps there is a kernel of
truth in their claims that the anti-war protests were used against them, but to say specifically that John Kerry was responsible is not believable. I
think that the real story here is that these veterans were upset with the fact that Kerry protested the war and they financed a propaganda piece when
it became apparent that he was running for president. Two of the men featured in the film where also in the Swift Boat ads and the director of the
film has joined forces with the Swift Boat Veterans and the RNC's PR firm to market the film, so the director's bias is clear.
Despite the fact that this is clearly a partisan play on behalf of Sinclair, I am sure that everyone watching this film will see it for what it is.
Perhaps those who are already biased against Kerry will enjoy watching him being smeared, but those who have a brain will have little difficulty
figuring out that these people have an axe to grind.
The Vietnam issue has already been exposed for what it is and after the world has heard of the Mai Lai massacre and seen films like "Apocalypse
Now", "Platoon" and "The Deerhunter", Kerry's claims of atrocities in Vietnam and the fact that he spoke out against them isn't considered to
be that radical by mainstream America. Their claims that the atrocities didn't happen seem delusional--there is some questions as to the validity of
the Winter Soldiers testimony--the director of Stolen Honor asserts that all of the testimony was discredited, while other sources says that none of
it way, but the fact remains that Mai Lai and other offensives like it happened--there was an unchecked lawlessness that the military denied for
years. The sad part is that these guys are really hurting--however, being macho military men, instead of getting the therapy that they need to deal
with the damage done from being tortured, they have instead chosen to hang on to their pain and villify John Kerry.
The good news is that the FCC Commissioner Copps has already made a statement condemning Sinclair's broadcast and hopefully, the FEC will force to
grant equal time to the Dems.
I am also surprised (and not surprised) that Bush hasn't condemned this film. He made negative statements regarding the Swift Boats Vets and this
film is rooted in the same sentiment. Comments, Mr. Bush?