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Posted By: Amos
13-Jan-06 - 05:48 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
An interesting contrast between the views of Bush and Spielberg from The Globalist (Susan Braden )

Spielberg Vs. Bush: Movies and Assassinations        

Who would have thought that the creator of E.T. and Jurassic Park would eventually focus his cinematic lens on high matters of state in a very contemporary context? Sounds improbable? Not to any viewers of Steven Spielberg's new movie "Munich." Susan Braden explains that the movie presents a moral delema similar to one the United States faces today.

Juxtaposing U.S. President George W. Bush's decision to permit the CIA to hunt and kill designated individuals anywhere in the world against Steven Spielberg's new film, "Munich," raises interesting questions about the value of targeted assassinations.

The issue is not simply whether assassinations are an effective tool in stopping terrorism. At issue is whether assassinations support or undermine the larger U.S. political agenda.

While President Bush evidently believes they are critical to stopping terrorism, Spielberg's film suggests the contrary.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush issued a secret decree that determined that killing an al Qaeda operative was an act of self-defense and, therefore, not an assassination which would be illegal.

In the same finding, he thereby authorized the creation of CIA hit units. In May 2005, one of these units was credited with killing al Qaeda operative Haitham Yemeni in Pakistan. Subsequently, in December 2005, another unit reportedly killed Hamza Rabia, a top al Qaeda operative, and four others. ...

I remember back when we concurred that sending the CIA out on assassinations was below our ethical minimum of bestiality; Mister Bush obviously has a different minimum.