21 November 2006

Lord of War

Last night I watched Lord of War. Nicolas Cage, as always, shines in his ability to mimic pure evil and somehow still be likable. It's a shocking film and one with a lot of dark information about arms dealing.* My favorite quote from Cage's character Yuri Orlov:
"The reason I'll be released is the same reason you think I'll be convicted. I *do* rub shoulders with some of the most vile, sadistic men calling themselves leaders today. But some of these men are the enemies of *your* enemies. And while the biggest arms dealer in the world is your boss - the President of the United States, who ships more merchandise in a day than I do in a year - sometimes it's embarrassing to have his fingerprints on the guns. Sometimes he needs a freelancer like me to supply forces he can't be seen supplying. So. You call me evil, but unfortunately for you, I'm a necessary evil."
More quotes can be found here. I highly recommend this film, but I'm not sure how factual the content is (although it is loosely based on actual events). Still, you get the idea that every American should be aware of: the US government's hands are far from clean.

*I am not addressing the horrific "use" of women in this film, which could be a blog post unto itself. For now, let's try to forget that women are viewed as decorations, sadistic AIDS-spreaders, and desperate housewives, and concentrate instead on the critical issue of arms sales in our world.

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