As a 20-year-old college student, I cannot help but notice the
hype in Michael Moore’s new movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
As a 20-year-old college student, I cannot help but notice the hype in Michael Moore’s new movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Because I am a recipient of a ROTC scholarship, I am disturbed by Moore’s interpretation on the events taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am familiar with Moore and his history of manipulation and fabrication of the facts in order to push his extreme political agenda.
However, the point of my letter does not focus on Moore’s deceit; it is about his disturbing character and what he represents, which is why I have made a moral decision not see his movie.
When the hype first came out, I thought I would see Fahrenheit 9/11 just to see what it was about. As time passed, I paid more attention to the news concerning the movie. I heard reporters from Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC and CNN contradict Moore’s arguments, proving that he used partial facts while conveniently leaving out the rest of the story. I also came across something a little disturbing concerning the movie. Hezbollah, the militant Palestinian group that has engaged itself in successfully destroying military targets such as cafes, grocery stores, street markets and schools, now engages itself in promoting Fahrenheit 9/11.
After hearing these reports, I went to Moore’s Web site to learn more about him. I read an article where he states, “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow – and they will win.”
I thought to myself: How can someone label people that are killing foreign civilian contractors, as well as Iraqi civilians, Minutemen? How can Moore classify animals that film themselves sawing a man’s head off with a knife no bigger than a common kitchen knife? These are the same “Minutemen” who recently blew up a bus full of Afghan women registering to vote.
The final reason why I decided not to see this movie, and personally the biggest reason, hits me a little closer to home. Cited from Fox News and MSNBC, Moore stated that he would love to see more Americans come back in body bags so that America can learn a lesson. His absolute disregard for human life disturbs me tremendously. I have many military friends, both from ROTC as well as high school, who currently serve in Iraq. The thought that Moore would like to see my friends die just to prove his point appalled me.
What disgusts me the most is Moore’s hope for the deaths of sons, brothers, boyfriends, husbands and fathers who, if Moore gets his way, will never see the smiles of their wives, family and children. There is also the real possibility that I will go to Iraq when I graduate. Moore hopes for my death and hopes that I will never see my family, friends and future wife and children just so that he can say he was right.
When a premise depends on the death of more people and is the fuel for a political “I told you so,” it is the sign of a sick, disturbed man. So if you decide to see it, just remember what kind of man made this movie.
Nicholas Van Dyke, Gilroy
Submitted Tuesday, June 29 to [email protected]