Thursday, February 26, 2015

Juxtaposing 'American Sniper' and Jihadi Sniper

The ISIS Propaganda Unit have posted a video that is supposed to be the terror organization's answer to the Oscar winning, blockbuster movie American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood. All they do is prove who they are: knuckle dragging Neanderthals with guns.

Feb 25, 2015 The footage, showing a series of assassinations in Syria, is said to be a bid to rival the Oscar nominated film American Sniper.

You could have fooled Michael Moore, or the other primitive life form called ISIS, but American Sniper isn't about shooting as many people in the head as possible. The opening scene shows Kyle with a target in the cross hairs. He abstains from shooting him. Next he is presented with a mother and child, which poses an almost impossible moral dilemma for any soldier who has just become a father for the first time. The mother hands the boy an IED (or some other explosive device) for a suicide mission against the convoy Kyle is to protect. Kyle shoots both nevertheless, saving the lives of his comrades.

It shows the brutal decisions these young men have to make in a war against an enemy who doesn't hesitate to sacrifice women and children to their cause. This is one reason why the men fighting these wars deserve our utter respect. They fight, not just the enemies of Liberty, but are forced to act against their own moral principles. Of course understanding this, requires some sense of morality from the viewer which ISIS orcs evidently miss. They reduced the story to the lowest concrete level: prize shooting with real human beings.

Trailer: From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.