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DVD Review: Fahrenheit 9/11

I may be late to the party, but I finally got around to watching Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 today and I’m glad I waited. I never read the reviews or the hype on either side, and I’m not a big fan of Moore’s, so I had no preconceived notions about the film. I was surprised that his documentary didn’t really focus on the events of September 11 other than to frame them as a pretext for invading Iraq, which any literate person knows by now as an irrefutable fact. I think Moore exploited 9/11 to market his movie, but I don’t think that he would be averse to any conspiracy theories that suggest that 9/11 was an inside job. Who knows, maybe he’s working on a new film to highlight the 9/11 Truth movement; if not, he should be.

I remember watching Roger and Me on video back in the summer of 1994. That inspired a trip to Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, to see for myself the wasteland portrayed in his first (and perhaps most authentic) documentary. Moore uses some of the same techniques in Fahrenheit 9/11 that he used in Roger: interviews with senior citizens, the disenfranchised poor, various authorities, and a family of military veterans, interspersed with comic relief in spoofs, pop music backdrops, and unflattering innuendo of his target. In Roger and Me it was Roger Smith, CEO of General Motors; in Fahrenheit 9/11 it’s George W. Bush. Both are portrayed as avaricious, secretive demagogues oblivious to the plight of the common man. By all accounts, this is an accurate assessment.

Fahrenheit 9/11 is even more relevant now than it was in 2004 because of the subsequent release of the disappointing and disingenuous 9/11 Commission Report, and the surfeit of evidence that points to counterfeit intelligence and deliberate duplicity that led our nation to war. It’s also more disturbing because the situation in Iraq is worse than it was two years ago, the death toll is rising, and there is no end in sight.

Critics of the film have produced a rebuttal entitled, Fahrenhype 9/11, featuring conservative shills like Ann Coulter and Dick Morris, claiming to “tell the truth about terrorism.” Director Alan Peterson’s answer to Moore’s award-winning film is utterly laughable in light of all we have learned in recent months about the so-called “war on terror” and the role of high-level government conspirators who likely engineered the ultimate Wag the Dog scenario to launch their arrogant campaign of global domination. But, it’s always enlightening to see both sides of the story, especially once you’re informed. Unfortunately, Fahrenhype 9/11 is already an anachronism, whereas Fahrenheit 9/11 should be required viewing of any concerned citizen.

About Loretta Dillon

Loretta Dillon began her writing career publishing a neighborhood newspaper and handwritten and illustrated books as a child in a Cleveland suburb. Her strongest literary influences were MAD magazine and Mark Twain. When introduced to the internet, Dillon created a blog to showcase her satire that evolved into a popular forum on relationships, recovery and true crime stories, specifically spousal murder. Selected entries were published as a book in 2005 that was honored as a finalist for a non-fiction "Blooker" award. Dillon's comedy play, "The Smoking Diary" was produced off-Broadway in 2009.
  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    Coulter is a shill but Moore isn’t? No preconcieved notions? I’ve always considered being a hypocrite to be a notion.

  • http://jpsgoddamnblog.blogspot.com JP

    Nice review–It’s a shame that people argue we shouldn’t even question the official story. Suggesting an inside-job is a serious charge, but we do ourselves a disservice if we entirely rule out logical possibilities because of preconceived beliefs about a person or Party.

  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    During the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign, the rallying cry was “It’s the economy stupid!!!!” and it still should be.

    However, the chant should now be “what happened in those nine minutes you sat around looking stupid while your country was being attacked live on TV????”

    Oh well he wasn’t sure…

    No, really?

    …but that’s only my opinion

  • ss

    I just don’t believe the ‘inside job’ theories.
    I think that bit of conspiracy nonsense lets American leadership off the hook for the very real mistakes it has made for the past twenty years:
    Reagan & HW sold guns and provided training to the mujahadin against the Soviets in Afghanistan, al Qaeda being a direct descendant.
    And they got repeatedly duped by the Iranians.
    Clinton put his focus on the West Bank, and completely ignored the problems further west until they started biting him in the ass. Then he got repeatedly duped by the Saudis and Pakistanis (the Pakis were selling nuclear technology at the time) as he tried to negotiate with the Taliban for bin Laden’s arrest.
    W used 9/11 for his own purposes, and judging from the nearly 1,000 suicide bombings in Iraq in the last two years, he has managed to make the problem worse.
    With inneptitude at that level, there’s no reason to float a phony charge of treason.
    The end results are the same as if it had been intentional, and that’s enough reason to want a completely new policy from a new set of leaders.
    IMHO