Saturday, January 09, 2010

'I've Been Able to Walk in Stalin's Shoes and Hitler's Shoes to Understand Their Point of View'

Oh brother, here we go. Serial fantasist Oliver Stone is now going to tell the "real story" behind the great mass murderers of the 20th Century. Why do I have the sneaking suspicion America is going to be blamed for their actions?
Director Oliver Stone's upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries "Secret History of America" promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler "in context."

"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy -- these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.
Geez, I know Tailgunner Joe is the great bogeyman to the hard left, but c'mon, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and McCarthy?

"Stalin has a complete other story," Stone said. "Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.' Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect ... People in America don't know the connection between WWI and WWII ... I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view. We're going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions ... Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated."
Great, just what we need: to be educated and liberalized by this crackpot, a man who fancies himself some sort of time traveler now that he's walked in the shoes of Hitler.
"Obviously, Rush Limbaugh is not going to like this history and, as usual, we're going to get those kind of ignorant attacks," said Stone, who also also compared the experience of sympathizing with war criminals to making his "W" movie about George W. Bush. "I'm trying to understand somebody I thoroughly despised."
In one breath he claims Hitler has "been used cheaply" then in the next compares Bush with him. But the ignorant Limbaugh won't like this version of "history" from Stone.

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