Fahrenheit 911

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Fahrenheit 911
Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Academy Award winner Michael Moore's latest scathing documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, is a direct attack on George W. Bush, the 2000 Presidential Election, the Bush administration's reaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the War on Iraq and anything else George W. has been able to get his crooked hands on over the last several years. Moore does not hold anything back in this sometimes humorous but generally dark and depressing documentary. He really lets George Bush and several members of his administration have it and the one-sided nature of his investigations is certain to aggravate various news outlets, Bush supporters and other closed-minded people around the world. But that is neither here nor there. It is these types of people that get the world in many of the problems with which we find ourselves burdened, so should we really give two shits about what they think?

Fahrenheit 9/11 is the most important movie that has been made this year and I would urge anyone who has any sort of conscience to check it out and see what the man who calls himself the President of the United States has done to his country and to the world, all in the name of the almighty dollar. In reality, there really could be no other explanation. How else could you possibly explain the fact that members of the Bin Laden family and other Saudi nationals were allowed to fly, unimpeded, out of the United States in the days following September 11, while a plane flying a heart to a U.S. citizen waiting on an operating room table for that heart was grounded by the U.S. Air Force? Could it be the strong financial ties between the Bush family the Bin Laden family and other powerful Saudis? Could it be the millions of dollars the Bushes have made from their ties with Saudi Arabia while George W. only makes a mere $400,000 as President of the United States? Moore claims that $1.4 billion in Saudi money has made its way through various Bush business interests. Could it be the fact that Saudis have trillions of dollars invested in America, accounting for 7% of the U.S. economy? Incidentally, the man on the operating room table died. The Bin Ladens left the United States without even being asked one question about that crackpot relative of theirs. Despite the fact that they have now, according to reports, disowned Crackpot Bin Laden, should they not have at least been questioned?

Or how about George Bush's War on Iraq? Don't get me wrong, I think Saddam Hussein is an evil, evil man and I'm elated that he is no longer a murdering dictator in Iraq - but George Bush went into Iraq with the platform of stopping terrorism, finding weapons of mass destruction and protecting the American people. Where are these weapons?! Weapons of mass destruction do not disappear into thin air! And where is the link between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein? In the movie, Moore shows us that Bush wanted his people to find a link between the Al Queda and Iraq, even though such a link never existed. He told them to find something. He wanted to justify this war. But it seems he had an agenda all along and that agenda was to go to war with Iraq. Whether his motives were revenge for Saddam's attempt on his father's life years earlier or oil or money or all three, it is quite clear that this war had nothing to do with protecting his country. And the fact that his father once sat on the board of a company that produced wartime equipment and Vice-President Dick Cheney had interests in a company that provided the war with items such as food and clothing and these two weasels made money off of this war - well, that is just sickening. These people have made money off of the deaths of thousands of innocent people, both American and Iraqis. How could these people even sleep at night?

As the film goes on, Moore shows us more atrocities - prisoner abuse inside Iraq, soldiers questioning the entire war, innocent lives being lost on both sides, congressmen refusing to commit their own children to the war effort, soldiers benefits and pay cheques being cut (one family whose son was killed in Iraq received his final pay cheque and five days were taken off the cheque to account for the days he did not work after he was killed). Or how about this one - the law firm hired to defend the Saudis from a law suit filed by victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks was none other than the law firm of James Baker, the Secretary of State during the presidency of George Bush Sr. - I am getting upset just writing this. The whole film is simply heart-breaking and gut-wrenching to watch. Wait until you see the one scene with a mother reading the final letter her son wrote her before he was gunned down in Iraq. He questions the entire war and wonders why they are even there.

But before I seem like I am about to present Michael Moore with a medal of honour, I have to say that I did not agree with everything he said. He did spend a lot of time on Bush's reaction or lack thereof, in the several minutes following the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. I have to say that might have been a bit unfair. I mean really, did any of us know how to react? Were we all not in a state of shock? At least I will say that Bush did have a concerned look on his face and that was a lot more comforting that the conniving smirk he seems to have on his face in a lot of the other clips we are shown (like in the dinner speech he is making in front of a room full of fellow rich folk where he refers to them as the "haves and the have mores" - funny).

In the end, I can assure you that Fahrenheit 9/11 is going to ruffle some feathers. Hopefully, the movie will have more of a positive impact than a negative impact on people who choose to see it. And in saying that, I mean that in the upcoming U.S. election, George W. Bush is shown the door. I don't know if Democrat leader John Kerry is the answer to be the leader of the most powerful country in the world but given the choices, he is the better of two evils. George W. had his chance. He has sacrificed the lives of thousands of innocent people. He caught his man when they captured Saddam. He and his cronies have made their millions. It it time for him to leave. Let's hope his time has come in November.

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