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Terrorism films (V): ‘Weather Underground’

I watched the documentary Weather Underground with my wife. (Yes, she’s a saint.) It was a pretty good film, but these chumps barely qualified as terrorists. The Black Panther quoted in the film was correct to denounce them.  A striking moment of irony of comes near the end of the film when a former Weatherman ...

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I watched the documentary Weather Underground with my wife. (Yes, she’s a saint.) It was a pretty good film, but these chumps barely qualified as terrorists. The Black Panther quoted in the film was correct to denounce them. 

A striking moment of irony of comes near the end of the film when a former Weatherman talks about how nutty the 9/11 attacks were. To his credit, he makes it clear that has reached some remorseful moral clarity about believing your cause so noble or holy that you knowingly use violence against innocents.

Bottom line: This one is better filed under “Morons from Chicago Film Festival,” along with Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers.  

In other Terrorism Film Festival news, some of youse are lobbying to include The Siege. I saw it when it came out, thought it was OK but very predictable. Anyone wanna vote for it to make the top 10 list?

Also, I haven’t seen Avatar, and don’t plan to.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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