I saw the incredibly violent American Sniper on M.L. King’s nonviolent birthday in a Biltmore Grande theater packed with other Ashevilleans. Director Clint Eastwood succeeded in depicting how brilliantly brave sniper Chris Kyle was tragically traumatized, and then murdered, in part by America’s Middle Eastern policy.
The movie is mainly an endless abomination of kicking in the doors of the homes of Iraqi people and bloodily graphic shootouts in stairwells and rooftops — all while trying to win Iraqi hearts and minds. And of course Kyle’s genius marksmanship in the long-range killing of over 150 homicidal little boys, women and men, sometimes while talking to his hysterical, pregnant wife in America on a cell phone.
Upon leaving the theater, I dodged a long row of Ashevilleans already lined up for the next show, and feeling that the whirlwind (that) Bush and the other presidents have sown has only just begun to destroy incredibly fine American and Middle Eastern lives. Maybe it would be different if we tried ML King’s nonviolence, and the turn-the-other-cheek strategy of Jesus?
For regardless of how many relatively minor, though still monstrous terrors Islamic zealots inflict on Western civilization, we should never forget that it was the Christian zealot George Bush Jr. who destroyed a large portion of the country of Iraq while hiding behind a monstrous lie, and almost the entire country of Afghanistan, partly justified by Old Testament eye-for-an-eye.
And that that destruction would maybe be the rough equivalent of killing about everyone in Asheville, Raleigh, and Wilmington, and destroying most of the infrastructure and important buildings of the state. And then doing that again in South Carolina — all while drone-bombing a good portion of the rest of America.