The Movie Spielberg Should Have Made

There is no ?other side,? or any such thing as disproportionate response, when it comes to killing the ?bad guys.?

Arlene Peck

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I am not a movie reviewer, although for some reason film studios seem to think I am. They must really value my opinion, because they keep sending me trailers of their upcoming movies. If I thought they were listening at all, a few careers would be in jeopardy. Starting with Mel Gibson's.

However, I just returned from seeing The World Trade Center and, in my opinion, this is the one that Spielberg should have made. Instead of taking a shocking human tragedy, such as the murders of Israeli athletes at Munich and the total barbarism the Palestinians brought to the usual sanguinity of the Olympics, Steven Spielberg felt the compulsion to be politically correct. Spielberg?s spin on history doesn?t bother with truth.

No apology from Oliver Stone. Instead of humanizing and glorifying the terrorists, by showing their ?human side?, as Spielberg did, Trade Center director Stone centered on the result of the destruction, the pain and suffering the terrorist animals caused the victims of their cruelty. Maybe it?s because Stone, unlike Spielberg, didn?t feel the need to hire an avowed self-hater like Tony Kushner to write the script. There's a man who has obviously never known what is best in the American spirit and, just as obviously, is a terrorist supporter.

There is no ?other side,? or any such thing as disproportionate response, when it comes to killing the ?bad guys.? Recently, it seemed like every time I'd turn on the news, I'd see something about how the ?poor downtrodden Lebanese? were being killed at a far greater rate than the Israelis. Good; when it comes to a cancer, all of it has to come out. The Lebanese may be nice people, but the inescapable reality is that they allowed a hostile, war-like entity to grow within their country and even voted its representatives into the government. The people in Dresden, Germany may have been hospitable and nice as well, but it took the destruction of that city by the USA and Britain to get the point across in the last World War.

In fact, even though the Japanese never bombed any cities in the United States, the horrors of Pearl Harbor were enough for President Truman to go after them. And he didn?t let up until the atom bomb leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Only when faced with the ultimate deterrent did Japan end the war it started and begin to behave like a civilized nation. But the Japanese were an advanced culture. Sadly, I have no hope for the seventh-century mentality we are dealing with now to ever comprehend the difference between right and wrong, between good and evil. All they understand is power.

What?s all this about ?disproportionate,? anyway? You have a bully on the school yard terrorizing children for their lunch money; you don?t give it to him. You don?t negotiate how much of your allowance you will turn over each week, or give him a hug. You get together with some of your friends and beat the hell out of him the next time he goes after one of the weaker kids. Hizbullah, Hamas and the vipers? nest of global Islamic fundamentalists who are waging dozens of wars around the world now are the world?s bullies. They understand power. Power! War against savage bullies who have pushed us into a defensive position is not "nice." Doesn?t matter - ?nice? doesn?t come into it; doing what is necessary does.

Frankly, folks, faced with so much appeasement and sympathy for the Islamists, I have often felt like throwing my hands up in the air and giving up. The good news is that, unlike a couple of years ago, when all I heard on radio and television talk shows was empathy for the plight of the ?poor Arab and Palestinian people,? America and much of the civilized world seems to have had enough. The Lebanese fiasco has been the last straw for a lot of us. The airwaves have been filled with anger and disgust for the Muslim culture. At last, the people flooding the airwaves seem to have seen through the lies and deceit.

We have to come to this understanding. We, who live in the 21st century, are simply incapable of comprehending the mindset of the Muslim world. Our modern way of life and culture, whether in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe, does not prepare us to think like people with a seventh-century outlook, for whom beheadings are the norm. We cannot afford to overlook ?contemporary education? in places like the Palestinian Authority. (MEMRI offers many videos where you can see how they are training their children.) Americans, by and large, cannot comprehend this. There is no dialogue possible with this mentality. Many of these people - and there are 1.6 billion of them - are out to destroy the rest of us because their god tells them to. It?s really that simple.

Ironically, though, columns that I wrote four or five years ago about the need for ?transfer? are now being received as a new 'solution' and revelation. I remember having many long talks about this very topic years ago with Rabbi Meir Kahane, when he wrote of this imperative in the mid-1970s and was called a radical for his honest perspective. I, too, was called a radical (and worse), by some, and many of my left-leaning, self-hater friends and readers wrote to tell me how wrong I was about the peaceful Islamic culture. Now? Letters are coming in thick and fast wanting to read more about this idea of removing the evil from the midst of the Jewish state.

New thought? Naw. Maybe people are finally coming to the realization that, just as Hizbullah should not survive as a country within a country, so too Israel cannot bear the consequences of Arabs living in their midst bent on the destruction of that very state. Damn - the entire country is only the size of a peanut.

When the Jews left Gaza, they allowed a terrorist state to be established. Once the terrorist Hamas government was elected, the obvious was going to happen. Now, the question is what to do about it. And do it now, not years down the road.