Terror Watch List

Are the terrorists winning the war of popular culture? While everyone has been keeping their eyes out for dirty bombs and airline hijackings, sleeper cells have infiltrated the ranks of Oprah’s Book Club and summer movie blockbusters.

Leave it to eagle-eyed critic Debbie Schlussel to spot the hand of Al Qaeda in Andre Dubus III’s Oprah-touted “The Garden of Last Days,” which “sympathizes” with one of the 9/11 terrorists. Good call, Debbie -  if we start to try comprehending the motives and psychology of our enemy, then the terrorists will win.

But it doesn’t stop there. Of course you’d expect a pointy-headed liberal “auteur” like Steven Soderbergh to spend four hours of screen time celebrating the life of a cold-blooded commie killer in his new hagiographic biopic “Che.” Nor is it a surprise that our craven European “allies” are turning out garbage hailing such deranged political criminals as the Baader-Meinhof gang (in the upcoming German film “The Baader-Meinhof Complex”)  or  the lovable Carlos the Jackal in a new film by French director Olivier Asssayas. 

But in fact the bad guys are much closer to home, no further away than the local multiplex. Again, hats off to Debbie Schlussel on tipping us off months ago about the baleful influence of "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo:" “It's not exactly a newsflash that Hollywood sides with Islamic terrorists and is against the impotent War on Terror,” she sagely reminds us. “And I've noted that actor Kal Penn, who played Kumar Patel in the hit movie, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," is sympathetic with Muslims and Islamic terrorists…”

No doubt about Kal Penn. I mean, he LOOKS like a terrorist. But Adam Sandler? Sad but true. His new comedy “Don’t Mess With the Zohan” not only portrays a terrorist (played by John Turturro) as “sympathetic,” but has the malignant audacity to suggest that one way to solve the ongoing crisis in the Middle East is by having Israelis and Palestinians getting along with each other!  “[H]igh quality Bin Laden Cinema” indeed.

You can mess with the Zohan. But don’t  mess with Debbie Schlussel


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