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Reply to dfwhite: It will take something like the solutions Trufelman and I discussed (see earlier comments)

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Submitted by James Vesce (United States), Oct 27, 2006 at 18:30

Consider the previous notes by Trufelman and myself, entitled "PR of War", earlier in this string of "comments".

In order for you to get a better idea of what we're discussing, you would have to see the sort of public information films Lloyd and I are both referring to. You can do this very easily and inexpensively if you go to Amazon.com (or some other source, like Target or WalMart) and obtain a product called "War Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection", which costs $14.97 from Amazon. In it there are over two dozen movies, referred to as "documentaries", made by (or with the cooperation of) various US and British war agencies. I'd suggest not, I said "not", starting with Disc 1, the first title, and working your way through from front to back, because you may get annoyed by having your time wasted. Instead, find your way to the following titles and view them: "Prelude to War"; "The Nazis Strike"; "the Battle of China"; and "The Stilwell Road".

As you watch them, consider the impact they could have today if they were made with the same approach and same persuasive techniques, but if they addressed the truth about the current global Islamic jihad and the Islamic jihad against the United States. Afterwards, poke around through the many discs in the collection, and see what other pearls may be discovered, aware that some of the stuff will not be particularly useful, and a few titles are completely without merit of any sort (except, possibly, getting the pack up to the nice, round number of 50 films).

Other films in the "pack" are commercial Hollywood films, and many of them were terrifically inspiring to the general public during the long, hard days of World War II. They made the enemy look utterly villainous, and made our heroes look wonderful. They told the folks back home how to keep the faith, hold their heads high, and how to cope with wartime hardships.

In today's movies, you can't tell if we're the bad guys, or if they're the bad guys. We evolved this sort of movie making approach to help us recover from the mind-set that we needed during World War II to help us win the war, but which wouldn't work during a period of recovering and healing after the war was over. Movies that help you rebuild and make peace after a war don't help you when you're trying to fight a war.

One thing you'll notice from the World War II movies is that the mind of the enemy and the tactics of the enemy are characterized in very uncomplimentary ways, and many examples that support the characterizations are presented. This was very effective in convincing us that the enemy was bad, that he did awful things, and that we needed to wage a vigorous war against him or he'd crush us and enslave us in a most terrible fashion. It was simple, effective, "us versus them" reasoning, and it was precisely what America needed to win World War II.

It was the exact opposite of anything even remotely Politically Correct.

It's also the sort of thing that Muslims "get all fatwah about" when it's aimed at them.


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