MOORE'S FAHRENHEIT 9/11 IS HALF-BAKED
July 1, 2004
In his new movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," director Michael Moore has taken the low road in his portrayal of the tragic events of September 11th and the war on terror, says journalist Christopher Hitchens.
As a documentary, Hitchens asserts, the film is unskilled in making a consistent and coherent point, instead receding into an exercise of attacking the Bush administration and the coalition that struck Iraq. It is weighed down by self-contradictions such as asserting Saudi Arabia runs U.S. policy and then showing it does not; criticizing the United States for sending too many troops and then suggesting there were too few; and complaining there is too little homeland security, then ridiculing instances where there is too much.
Aside from failing to take a stance on this very serious matter, Moore also uses deception to attack President Bush. By leaving out certain widely-acknowledged facts, the film attempts to galvanize less critical audiences. Some of the more noteworthy details left out of the movie include:
- The 9/11 commission concluded there was nothing improper about arranging flights out of the country for Bin Laden family members after the terrorist strikes.
- Richard Clarke, Bush's former chief of counterterrorism and oft-cited Bush critic, has admitted that he and he alone took responsibility for authorizing the Saudi departures.
- Saddam was responsible for violence against Americans by his financial sponsorship of suicide bombers in Israel who have killed many Americans there, he sponsored the attempted murder of former President Bush, and daily, for 10 years, attacked American aircraft patrolling the country's no-fly zones.
Moore also characterizes Iraq under Saddam as a peaceable kingdom -- children are flying kites and shoppers smiling in the sunshine -- before being struck by weapons of American imperialism. Instead of identifying the Saddam palaces and military installations as the targets of bombing, Moore suggests civilians are its primary targets.
Source: Christopher Hitchens, "Unfairenheit 9/11: The Lies of Michael Moore," slate.msn.com, June 21, 2004.
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