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In today's Wall Street Journal, a brilliantly insane opinion piece by Andrew Clavan (via hilzoy):

There seems to me no question that the Batman film "The Dark Knight," currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

And like W, Batman understands that there is no moral equivalence between a free society -- in which people sometimes make the wrong choices -- and a criminal sect bent on destruction. The former must be cherished even in its moments of folly; the latter must be hounded to the gates of Hell.

"The Dark Knight," then, is a conservative movie about the war on terror. And like another such film, last year's "300," "The Dark Knight" is making a fortune depicting the values and necessities that the Bush administration cannot seem to articulate for beans.

Who do I have to bribe to get this guy to review Bad Monkeys?


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Jul. 25th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched the movie yet but I have the feeling that I won't get this out of my head while watching it. Which means that it will end up being a slightly ... surreal experience.

*tries to get the image of Bush in the Bat-costume out of her head*
Jul. 25th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
The difference, of course, is that Batman goes to a lot of trouble to keep from killing or seriously injuring people. The reviewer seems to have missed that little distinction.
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
And 300? Man, that's beautiful.
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