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Swindler's List

John Rowland

Posted on March 9, 2019 13:49

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Current conversations dealing with the issue of dual loyalty continue to involve freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Sometimes, the use of "art" can help fuel these sensibilities.

If Omar had only focused her dual loyalty/citizen remarks elsewhere (instead of on Israel); had she called into question the loyalty of dual-citizen Russians or Iranians, she'd be hailed as a great patriot. But as it is, criticisms of Omar -- who is Somali -- are starting to feel incipiently racist.

And to Omar's point, why not renounce one citizenship or the other: eliminate any doubt on dual loyalty.

Anyway, Steven Spielberg (one of Hillary's million-dollar donors) and Universal re-released Schindler's List a couple months ago.

This re-release was ostensibly to invoke some "great manipulator" and oppose things "inhuman" and "violent": once again, to remind us that "history is history."

In this process Spielberg mentioned his "body of work" -- his oeuvre.

That's funny. As an artist, Steven explicitly claims that his work opposes violence and inhumanity; yet a review of his "body of work" reveals glaring, if not selective, omissions regarding these crimes.

Ignoring that some of the "greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish," Spielberg significantly makes no movies about the systematic Bolshevik murder of tens of millions of mostly Christian Russians; no bad guy named Lenin (Cheka), Genrikh Yagoda (NKVD), Lazar Kaganovich, Ilya Ehrenburg, Natalfy Frenkel or Mathias Berman, is a leading figure in any Spielberg film.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the "Conscience of the 20th Century" and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature (Gulag Archipelago), puts the murder figure at 66 million.

While the period film Gulag Vorkuta went there, no Spielberg production on Bolshevik gulag death camps exists -- ditto on British concentration camps in the Boer War.

No Armenian genocide, no presentation of Mao's communist liquidation of some 60 million souls -- not to mention Pol Pot, etc.

Surely over 100 million dead people constitute "violence" and "inhumanity."

So much for universal peace, love and tolerance -- but history is history, isn't it.

Instead of any broader humanitarian perspective, we get Schindler's List 2.0.

This greatly undercuts the original's possible instructive utility -- making it border on indoctrination.

Spielberg's discriminatory and manipulative body of work swindles humanity of its rightful decency, making fertile the ground for the Ilhan Omars of the world.

John Rowland

Posted on March 9, 2019 13:49

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