January 27, 2015
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The people who enjoyed American Sniper will not be able to finish reading Killing Ragheads for Jesus because the mirror Hedges hold up for them shows a horrific violent sentimentality that will be denied. Those who suspected American Sniper was a propaganda film to feed the unthinking hatred by Americans will be vindicated.
“American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society.~ Chris Hedges, American journalist, activist, author, Presbyterian minister and humanitarian