Most of us take “Munich” as a synonym for appeasement, but Steven Spielberg apparently thinks “Munich” is the key to unlock the little misunderstanding between Israel and its neighbors that wish to exterminate it. In the New York Sun, Ira Stoll covers the pushback against Spielberg’s movie: “Spielberg’s ‘Munich’ criticized.” Stoll quotes the deep thoughts of director Steven Spielberg on Israel’s fight for existence:
[In the Time cover story on the movie,] Spielberg is quoted as saying, “I’m always in favor of Israel responding strongly when it’s threatened. At the same time, a response to a response doesn’t really solve anything. It just creates a perpetual-motion machine.”
He muses, “There’s been a quagmire of blood for blood for many decades in that region. Where does it end? How can it end?”
Spielberg has apparently missed the usual ending of wars in victory or defeat, the scenario that brought World War II to an end after the Spielbergs of the day had done their best to bring it on. In a beautiful convergence of life and show business, the Sun reports that Spielberg has hired Dennis Ross to shill for the movie. Ross is the former Clinton administration special Middle East coordinator and author of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight For Middle East Peace.
Meanwhile in Arafatistan, Daddy Mazen has signed a law providing monetary grants to the families of suicide bombers. You see, they think “it ends” in death to the Jews, 72 virgins and victory.
UPDATE: A Power Line reader in the film business writes:
I worked on “Munich” when it shot in New York. There was a scene in Queens along the East River for which I built a long run of wrought iron fence; I also worked on “War of the Worlds” last year in New Jersey. Spielberg isn’t a bad guy to work for in a business where there are plenty of bad guys. It should be remembered his documentary of live interviews of Holocaust survivors to counter revisionists — but he don’t get a pass on this one. In a friend of mine’s words:
He should note that, while yes they are “individuals,” they are despicable individuals. The tragedy of the event was doubled by the staggering incompetence of the Germans in dealing with the event…
Enjoy the wrought iron fence!