Wednesday, May 03, 2006

'United 93' - My Thoughts...

The Man and I went to see United 93 last night (thanks to ALa/ABMOM offering to baby-sit).

It was hard to watch...I'm not going to lie about that. And tears were shed. BUT, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, and I know why. In the movie, as opposed to when we were living through the horror playing out on CNN, we get to see two of the dirty uni-browed terrorists torn apart by the bare hands of the passengers. It was one of the first times I didn't flinch and turn away from graphic violence in a movie (it's actually not that graphic--but your imagination kicks in). I felt vindicated for them. I was so glad (even if it was only in the movie) that two of those filthy cowards died in pain and terror. It sounds terrible, but it's the truth...

The Man is on a major rant again... The movie opened a lot of barely scabbed wounds. He thinks everyone should have to see it...to remember. I won't share the rest of the things he thinks lest I be the next victim of the next cyber jihad. The Americans that died on 9/11 had to live it --we can at least be able to bear watching it and remembering...

The theater was eerily silent when the movie was done and no one moved for a while. It was a strange feeling. Like everyone needed a few minutes to process and regroup. I won't say much more because I'd rather you all see it for yourselves. It is tastefully done...and painful...and necessary.

Since David Beamer lost his son Todd on that flight, it's only fair he have the last word here:
"There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all....
...There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.
I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see "United 93."" (Read the rest of the piece)

(H/T: Free0352)

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