Okrzyki, przyjaciel! (chaircrusher) wrote,
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!

Red Dawn

I went into the Yacht Club saturday night to give my ears a break from Gabes until Mahar Mar played, and they had Red Dawn playing on the big screen. I remember enjoying this when it came out over 20 years ago, but this time it made me feel a little queasy.

Why? Because it showed American teenagers -- Patrick Swayzey and Charlie Sheen, no less -- doing exactly what Iraqi kids are doing to American soldiers in Iraq. The plot comes down to this: Russians Invade, High School Kids hijack a weapons train and mount an insurgency.

It even includes a Nicaraguan Officer musing about how you can never defeat an insurgency.

This movie is apparently a big thing among right-wing militias, as it outlined the dominant scenario fueling their paranoia before the fall of Communisim. Now they must worry about Michael Moore and Sean Penn leading a convoy of hybrid cars over the mountains to make them like Caramel Lattes, but they no doubt are every bit as well armed.
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