7.03.2004

Fahrenheit Fact no. 30: Moore's military double-think

One of the biggest themes in Fahrenheit 9/11 is the humanity of war and the brave and noble sacrifices made by our troops to appease Bush's war lust. One particularly moving segment of the film traces Lila Lipscomb and her emotional reaction to her son, Michael Peterson's, death. Moore is right there with her, the very picture of consolation and regret. New evidence, however, reveals that Mike's reverent attitude towards our soldiers may be a very recent development. In a May 17th article for The Guardian, Moore stated,
"When you see the movie you will see things you have never seen before, you will learn things you have never known before. Half the movie is about Iraq - we were able to get film crews embedded with American troops without them knowing that it was Michael Moore. They are totally f***ed."
A fluke? Not quite. On the 14th of April, 2004, Moore authored the following post on his website:
"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."
Later on, when addressing the possibility of U.N. help in the Iraqi conflict, Moore says the following:
"There is a lot of talk amongst Bush's opponents that we should turn this war over to the United Nations. Why should the other countries of this world, countries who tried to talk us out of this folly, now have to clean up our mess? I oppose the U.N. or anyone else risking the lives of their citizens to extract us from our debacle. I'm sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe -- just maybe -- God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end. "
-TRC (Emphasis mine)