[National Review] The second-to-last comment made by Colonel Walter E. Kurtz is this: "Their commanders won’t allow them to write ’F***’ on their airplanes because it’s obscene." In Apocalypse Now we’ve seen a cavalry officer wipe out a village and call in a napalm strike to make a beach safe for surfing. We’ve seen the hero of the piece fatally shoot a badly wounded woman because he doesn’t want the hassle of bringing her to a hospital. Kurtz lives in an infernal empire of rotting corpses and severed heads. Words are obscene? War is obscene. Maybe one war in particular.
Regardless of whether that assertion is true, Apocalypse Now is a vision of fierce but controlled passion, grotesque and beautiful. If it ended at the 45-minute mark, after Colonel Kilgore extols the fragrance of a.m. napalm, it would still be the dean of all war movies, the sharpest and most haunting.
Apocalypse Now is returning to theaters for one night, August 15, exactly 40 years after its original release, and then being reissued in a "final cut" DVD. The original version ran 153 minutes, but after movie nerds started enthusing about the supposedly superior version containing "lost footage," director Francis Ford Coppola delivered the sprawling Apocalypse Now Redux in 2002. He now says that version was "a little too long" at three hours and 22 minutes. Wrong: it was way too long. The "final cut" version is three hours and three minutes, and although some of the restored material is interesting, none of it is essential. The best cut remains the first theatrical release.
Giant can of worms. Heart of Darkness was much more cerebral than Apocalypse Now, but you would never have gotten the latter without the former. Just as we'll never build another Hoover Dam, we'll never have another war exactly like Viet Nam and we'll never get the folklore that came with it from the crap in the middle east.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/10/2019 9:09 Comments ||
War is obscene. Maybe one war in particular
4000 year record of history seems to be on Trotsky's side - you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. Like it or not.
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From the flawed (but fun!) Zulu(1964), the tragicomic Charge of the Light Brigade(1968), sardonic Breaker Morant(1980), cynical Paths of Glory(1956), on to mini-series Gettysburg(1993)... There are so many that assigning a G.O.A.T, seems rather silly because there will always be another.
I liked Dunkirk, which featured the heroic retreat of UK.
Posted by: Regular joe ||
08/10/2019 12:11 Comments ||
My favorite Apocalypse Now line was actually the setup to Kilgore's napalm soliloquy, the spotter on the OV-1 on the radio saying "You got about thirty seconds to get your people back and get your heads down, this is gonna be a big one..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/10/2019 12:24 Comments ||
A long dead friend used to swear that a bridge like that existed in a state like that. He was 4 years in the Delta on a 4 man kill team so I believe him.
Also the Tiger mango bit with fat tigers ringed true to him.
His preferred weapon in the narrow delta jungle paths where the average fire fight lasted 4 seconds was - 2 sawed off 8 gauges with buck shot on swivel holsters off each hip. - hear something and shoot each side of the path. Bird, tiger, enemy who cares as you live.
Have to go with The Longest Day. A lot of reality on the lead up to the decision and then the execution. The scenes from the Germany command side and all the dichotomy of decision malfunction from Hitler down to the Himmler/Goering set was revealing.
My daughter actually sat down and watched the whole movie a couple of years ago, and she said that it was absolutely fab ... right up until Marlon Brando appeared in it. And at that point ... it all tanked, faster than the Titanic.
Her theory is that Coppola was putting everything on a bet that Brando would put in an amazing performance.
Which he did, sort of ... but it was wholly unrelated to the first part of the movie. Just kind of fizzled from there, she said.
I've been of the opinion that Tropic Thunder was a pitch-perfect parody of the filming of Apocalypse Now.
[Helsinki Times] A new paper published by researchers form the University of Turku in Finland suggests that even though observed changes in the climate are real, the effects of human activity on these changes are insignificant. The team suggests that the idea of man made climate change is a mere miscalculation or skewing the formulas by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Jyrki Kauppinen and Pekka Malmi, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, in their paper published on 29th June 2019 claim to prove that the "GCM-models used in IPCC report AR5 fail to calculate the influences of the low cloud cover changes on the global temperature. That is why those models give a very small natural temperature change leaving a very large change for the contribution of the green house gases in the observed temperature."
Thus, in order to come to the results matching the actual climate change the IPCC has to "use a very large sensitivity to compensate a too small natural component. Further they have to leave out the strong negative feedback due to the clouds in order to magnify the sensitivity." In addition, Kauppinen and Malmi claim that their paper proves that "the changes in the low cloud cover fraction practically control the global temperature."
From a few weeks ago, herewith a taste. Hat tip to Alaska Paul.
[Vdare] “Armed Civil War In Current Year America.” Even as hyperbole, it makes for a sexy headline. So why won’t the failing news media — so desperate for ratings and clicks—talk about the story that’s a far fetch from fake news? Antifa has declared war on America’s border agents and the pro-open border press has declared a media blackout on the details.
If you’ve been keeping track of corporate press storytelling, this is what you know: On July 13, 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen stormed an ICE detention centre in Tacoma. He was armed and eventually fatally shot after throwing what authorities called “incendiary devices” at an immigration detention center in Washington state, trying to set a commercial-size propane tank on fire.
And that’s where the story ends.
But did you know the dead firebombing terrorist, who had ICE agents in his crosshairs, was an avowed member of Antifa’s militant left wing gun club?
Did you even know Antifa has a gun club?
Didn’t think so.
As recently profiled in The New Republic, “Antifa is arming itself.”
In their profile of a rise in gun culture among the radical left the publication notes
“Many leftists and even some liberals are beginning to reconsider their feelings about firearms, joining a loose amalgamation of gun groups, from John Brown Gun Clubs (which take their name from the abolitionist) to the Pink Pistols (an LGBTQ group), Liberal Gun Club, and Socialist Rifle Association. Some of these organizations are moderate and traditionalist, others radical and revolutionary. But all share one implicit goal: to normalize firearms ownership and training among liberals. Some of their members hope such efforts will at least make Republicans think twice...” [Antifa Is Arming Itself Against a Trump Crackdown | Will leftist pro-gun groups deter political violence or inflame it? by Corey Pein July 2, 2019]
The piece, which points to the fact terrorist Van Spronsen’s Antifa gun club started some four months after Donald Trump’s election, sinisterly hints at, dare I say it, assassination of America’s beloved President.
“Assassination to remove tyrants is just, not murder,” The New Republic states.
Yeah, yeah, go out to the local range and learn to fire a gun. Run up against veterans who've been trained in fire, maneuver, cover, concealment, small unit tactics with urban warfare, you'll just be a speed bump.
WASHINGTON -- Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called on the U.S. Department of Justice to "investigate, infiltrate where necessary and prosecute white supremacist violent organizations" in the U.S. Gwen Ifill's cousin
"They'll do it in a minute for any other kind of organization but they won't do it for these and we need that," Ifill said during a rally outside of the White House on Tuesday with progressive organizations in favor of gun control. "We need gun legislation. We need McConnell to let those bills come to the floor. We need legislation to protect our elections from Russian and other foreign interference. We need the Attorney General to articulate a plan to deal with white supremacist violence to protect the people in this country and we demand it."
Ifill called on liberal activists to "press" their local, state and federal representatives to take action on gun control in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
There are no violent white supremacist organizations in the US. If there were, we'd see real hate crimes in the endless series of fame ones. There are individual idiots and lunatics, but organizations? No.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
08/10/2019 5:13 Comments ||
Immediately after, Ruth Bader Ginsburg infiltrated joined the Little Odessa Bird Watching Society.
[Jerusalem Post] Pakistan said on Saturday it had canceled a bus linking Lahore with India's capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.
Islamabad reacted with fury this week after India revoked the special status for the portion of Kashmir that it controls, calling the action illegal, a claim New Delhi denies.
Pakistan has already cut two rail links, suspended bilateral trade and expelled India's ambassador, all part of what it called a diplomatic effort to protest against the decision.
Arshad Ali, tourism officer at Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation that runs the Pakistan leg of the journey, told Reuters the government had issued directives that meant the bus, that departs Lahore six days a week at 0600 local time, was suspended from Saturday onwards.
[Spectator.us] In fact, Janna Jihad’s name really is Janna Jihad. She’s Janna Jihad Ayyad, a 13-year-old ’activist’ born in Florida but now living in her father’s village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, and she’s the fresh, young face of terrorist propaganda. The ’youngest accredited journalist in the world’, Janna is the latest product of the Paleostinian attempt to mobilize children against Israel. If anyone else did that, Amnesia Amnesty International would call it abuse or grooming. Do it against Israel, and Amnesty will call it ’resistance’, and use child exploitation to promote a violently anti-Israel and anti-American agenda in the US.
Janna’s social media presentation is highly accomplished. She has her own Twitter page, in which she speaks in the first person. There are soft-focus shots of Janna tearfully holding a video camera; of Janna in traditional dress; of Janna in a keffiyah, pondering where Yasser Arafat hid all that American money; Janna smiling toothily as she imagines the Zionist occupier chased into the sea by the swords of the fedayeen. There are also shots from Janna’s recent US tour.
It appears that Janna, like just about everyone else in Nabi Saleh, is part of the al-Tamimi clan. In 2001, Janna’s relative Ahlam al-Tamimi was scout and driver for the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede,suicide kaboom on the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 people, including seven children and a pregnant woman, and maimed 130 more. She has stated that she has no regrets. When the FBI put Ahlam on its Most Wanted list, her relative Nariman al-Tamimi launched a Facebook campaign in support of Ahlam’s ’sacrifices’.
Nariman’s husband Bassem talks of a ’Nabi Saleh school to create the generation of freedom fighter to liberate Paleostine’ [sic]. In 2015, Bassem al-Tamimi’s speaking tour of the US was sponsored by a rainbow alliance of tax-exempt crackpots including the hungry anti-Zionists of Vegans Against the Occupation; the theological perverts of Friends of Sabeel North America (a Paleostinian Christian group who claim that the Paleostinians are a political Jesus, crucified by the wicked Jews); a congeries of front groups with deceptively reasonable names like the Middle East Children’s Alliance and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center; and, of course, the hand-wringing hypocrites of Amnesia Amnesty International. Amnesty promoted Bassem al-Tamimi as a ’peace activist’, only for Bassem to go off-script by claiming on Facebook that the Israelis harvest the organs of Paleostinian children. Perhaps he had heard this from Vegans Against the Occupation.
The most famous graduate of Bassem’s school for child exploitation is Ahed Tamimi ...the blond, blue-eyed Arab-Israeli maiden who along with siblings and young cousins in the boisterous village of Nabi Saleh has made a hobby of being filmed screaming at and physically attacking Israeli soldiers, urged on by well-known Fatah activist Bassem Tamimi, her papa... , that paradox of political correctness, a blue-eyed blonde adopted as an icon by ignorant Westerners who think that Israelis are all blue-eyed blonds from Russia and Paleostinians are all ’people of color’. Bassem put her in front of the cameras as a child; she is now globally famous for picking fights with Israeli soldiers. Janna, who made her screen debut at nine in a film in which the juvenile ’peace activist’ shouts ’We will kill you’ at some baffled Israeli soldiers, is the school’s latest graduate.
[Aljazeera] Millions of Muslims from around the world gather annually in Mecca in anticipation of Hajj - the Muslim pilgrimage, which follows the actions of the Prophet Muhammad 1,377 years ago.
Taking part in the pilgrimage at least once in one's lifetime is a major obligation for all able-bodied Muslims of financial means, and between two and three million people participate in the six-day ritual every year.
Hajj occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, called Dhul-Hijjah, between the eighth and 13th days of the month.
While the specific rituals carried out by Muslims today date back to the Prophet Muhammad's "farewell pilgrimage" in 632 AD, travelling to Mecca was a sacred annual rite for Arabian tribes centuries before the advent of Islam.
According to Islamic tradition, the Kaaba - a black silk-clad stone structure at the heart of the Grand Mosque in Mecca - was built by the Prophet Abraham in biblical times.
Hajj is, put simply, complex. There are several different ways of performing it, and numerous schools of Islamic thought, between which lie many scholarly differences. Here is a breakdown of the steps included in performing hajj.
[Long Wars Journal] The Islamic State is far from dead in Iraq and Syria. Despite losing its physical caliphate, the group maintained enough manpower and resources to continue waging an insurgency in both countries. And America’s partners and allies may not have adequate resources to finish off or contain the jihadist menace, as they "struggle" to hold territory liberated from the so-called caliphate’s grip.
These are just come of the conclusions found in a newly released inspector general report submitted to the US Congress and published online.
The US-led coalition, Combined Joint Task Force ‐ Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), reports that "ISIS has been able to regroup and sustain operations in Iraq and Syria."
One reason is that both the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "remain unable to sustain long-term operations, conduct multiple operations simultaneously, or hold territory that they have cleared of ISIS militants."
The US military has had a small presence in Syria. On President Trump’s orders, the US withdrew some of those forces. The total number of American soldiers in Iraq and Syria isn’t clear, as those figures are contained in the classified portion of the inspector general’s report. But the partial withdrawal has already hurt the ability of the SDF to carry on the fight.
CJTF-OIR told the inspector general that the "drawdown decreased the amount of resources and support available to these Syrian partner forces at a time when they need additional reinforcing for counterinsurgency operations against ISIS." Local forces "require much more training and equipment now than during the operations to defeat ISIS territorially," CJTF-OIR said, explaining that stabilization operations and "ground-focused, human-based intelligence" are required "to confront ISIS insurgents effectively."
THE ISLAMIC STATE’S THREE-PART STRATEGY
While the US has been pulling back, the Islamic State (ISIS) has moved forward with its plan to continue waging guerrilla warfare.
ISIS describes its "overarching strategy" for its "desert-based insurgency" as consisting of three parts: "sahara" (desert), "sahwat" (meaning awakenings ‐ a derogatory reference to any Sunni Muslims who oppose the group), and "sawlat" ("hit-and-run operations"). This is according to CJTF-OIR, which submitted responses to the inspector general office’s questions.
Therefore, whereas the Islamic State had once proclaimed that is territorial caliphate was "remaining and expanding," the group quickly returned to its insurgent roots after losing its turf, conducting guerrilla-style warfare against all of its enemies in the region.
Posted by: Besoeker ||
08/10/2019 07:03 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.