war, inc., etc.

So I went to see War, Inc. the other night with a friend. The movie is right up there with Three Kings as far as fabulous satire and war films go. The amazing images in this film of corporate sponsorship of war (to the extreme–as if on acid) was so over the top and outrageous, but completely fabulous. Apparently my grandma has seen several reviews of it (including military folks analyzing it) and they all say don’t go see it. Hmmm…. I wonder what exactly they could be so afraid of? That people might draw parallels between this fictitious world and the current war being sponsored by corporations like Blackwater and Halliburton?

In other news…it appears that Lebanon has a new president, General Suleiman, after several months of not having one. After watching the new HBO film Recount last night I wonder if the U.S. wouldn’t have been far better off if we had waited several months to go without a President while actually counting people’s ballots. But what is disturbing to me about Lebanon’s new President is that he is responsible for the misery and despair that is the Nahr el Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. So it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even in Lubnan. There is an interesting article in last week’s Economist on the recent situation in Lebanon. There is also a good piece in Electronic Intifada on Nahr el Bared one year later. There is also a great film from a-films on the racist graffiti in Palestinians’ homes inside Nahr el Bared:

This is what Lebanese don’t seem to want to remember, though it’s not difficult for Palestinians to remember given that they continue to need to pass through a checkpoint to go into Nahr el Bared and that the majority of the population has still not been allowed to go home.

One last item for today…so it seems that Norman Finkelstein was indeed deported from Tel Aviv. I can’t help but be annoyed at various emails I saw running around among people trying to help him, Israeli lawyers and people like that who were ready to take his case to court. While he may have no personal stake in getting inside or not, it is very important that people pursue these cases in the courts because there are many people–most of whom are Palestinian or married into Palestinian families–who do not have that luxury. Here is someone who could have easily pursued this case and helped the Right to Enter campaign.


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