AVATAR, THE HURT LOCKER & THE OSCARS: WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?


AVATAR, THE HURT LOCKER & THE OSCARS: WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
by Davis Fleetwood

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Very crafty, subversive even, the Academy of Arts And Sciences scheduling the Oscars on the same day as Parliamentary Elections in Iraq.

On a night, when Avatar – even though it was upset in the big categories by the Hurt Locker, took home a few statues and was worshipped as the highest grossing film of all time- this for a movie that is clearly about the Iraqi people told through the eyes of Iraqi’s, a movie intended to amaze us with it’s special effects, to be this generation’s Star Wars, would also be the movie that allows Americans to finally see our Government as honestly and as unflinchingly as Martin Luther King Jr saw it: as the greatest purveyor in the world today.

And as I see it: as a murderous occupier of a runaway train raping and pillaging its way through the world, for what? Money? So that we can buy name brands cheap to decorate our McMansions like they will be photographed in next months Martha Stewart Living?

Religion? Our God is better than their God?

To keep us safe? Please, the Neanderthals that subscribe to the idea of the best national defense being a good offense, please go to a remote dessert location, stick nuclear warhead in your pipe and light up. You are beyond hope.

Is this how “Manifest Destiny” plays out in the 21st century?

David Swanson of After Downing Street was right to point out several months ago that “if James Cameron had made a movie with the Iraqi resistance as the heroes and the U.S. military as the enemies, and had set it in Iraq or anywhere else on planet earth, the packed theaters viewing “Avatar” would have been replaced by a screening in a living room for eight people and a dog.”

That is one problem of the current anti war movement: speaking truth to power often amounts to well articulated calls for reason in the facebook threads of Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson.

The anti war movement should thank James Cameron for proving a MEME to surf. Again, I point you to an idea David Swanson had months ago- letting go of your disappointment over Obama’s failure and turning your attention to Congress.

They, after all, have the power of the purse. As Avatar takes a victory lap in theatres around the country, grab this pdf and hand them out to the movie going public. It reads

Call every day until you get the right answer, and report your daily progress at http://defundwar.org

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