A friend asked if I had seen American Sniper. I saw it. I thought it was terrific. A lot of profanity, but once you tune it out and just watch the show it’s OK. Tuning out the profanity was easy because only one word is used throughout. It functions as an adverb, adjective, pronoun … and pretty much every other part of speech. I won’t tell you what word I refer to. I’ll leave that as a surprise. But … a small clue would be that it is used in every sentence… sometimes twice. The real difficulty I had was resisting the urge to constantly be shouting aloud … “Kill ’em all!” but I dealt with that urge in my own way by constantly making asides to my crony in the next seat about how “I’d like to buy the world a Coke and live in perfect harmony … etc….” I found that using this emotional control technique actually made the movie quite uplifting.
One of the more morally elevating scenes occurred when Kyle discovered the torture chamber of the “Butcher.” It included a substantial collection of human body parts, including a few heads. Nothing unexpected about such a charming revelation. We’ve all heard about how the frat boys of ISIS have begun generating even more cash (than already afforded them by Obama’s judicious abandonment of Iraq with its bank cash holdings, Abrams tanks, each worth millions, fighter jets and oil reserves), by establishing efficient slaughterhouses where ISIS victims are murdered and their organs harvested, hopefully, while they are still viable. (And we silly folks in the West thought ISIS was completely evil and unable to do any good in the world. We’re so sanctimonious at times.)
But, before I digress too far, back to the morally elevating stuff. That came for me in the torture chamber. The event occurred in real time before we knew about the full propensities of Islamic Terror. We had only been treated to a few televised You Tube beheadings back then. We had no idea what we were in for when the big burka finally came off the Muslim Bad Boys of ISIS. When Chris Kyle saw the torture chamber and it’s full operating facilities he immediately grasped the elemental evil he was facing and he instinctively knew what had to be done. He destroyed everything and everyone associated with it. And he didn’t use amorphous high altitude “airstrikes.”
I don’t know if Kyle’s moral sensibilities were due to his exposure to the Bible, his Christian upbringing, trusting in Jesus’ atoning work on the cross (that always causes a lot of trouble among some folks), being a Squid, sniper training, having a natural aptitude for the shooting arts from his early years (we now know that anyone who owns a gun, shoots a gun, had a gun, wants a gun, etc. is inherently evil … courtesy of loudmouth liberal/socialist/commies) (hey … maybe owning a gun makes you more moral and ready to help the helpless … heresy, I know … but just maybe), maybe it was due to his being in the Navy which was originally built up as a means to combat Islamic Terror/Business As Usual during T. Jefferson’s administration. Maybe it was because he was a Texan. (There are worse things … or so I’ve heard.) (I know someone who was born in Texas, who, in spite of the fact his Mom moved to Indiana the next day, proudly claimed Texan nativity. There’s something about the place?)
Chris Kyle’s moral recalcitrance is exactly why he could not have been elected president in 2008 or 2012 by the folks who voted for Obama (which group probably includes Obama, also). He, unlike them, has a moral compass. I don’t know how finely tuned it was … but it always pointed due North. Liberal/commie/pukes have never even heard of “North.”
Oh, yes. One little bit of persistent, boorish, idiotic irony … the theater where I saw American Sniper had proudly and slavishly posted on its entry doors “This is a Gun Free Zone.” Iraq hasn’t been so for a long time.
WARNING! Strongly worded and illustrated cartoon included!