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The Surprising Gift of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

digdigby Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 4:08 PM
In 'moderate' Egypt Imams have piously issued Fatwas that it is OK TO EAT INFIDELS but not to cook you (??!). Beheading and castration are time-honored Muslim battlefield behavior. As my bumper sticker on my oft-vandalized car states "ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM I LEARNED ON 9/11" And it is more true now than then. Two different questions: 1) is waterboarding moral? 2) Is waterboarding Muslim terrorists moral?

When it comes to Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” there are two kinds of people-- those who have seen it and those who should.

Emerging from any theater afterward, there will be two kinds of people-- those who grasp that enhanced interrogations save lives, and those who do not.

As a longtime member of the first group, I was gratified to the point of surprise that a product out of Hollywood depicted our harshest interrogations without an accompanying ham-fisted condemnation.

But the even greater praise for “Zero Dark Thirty” is that nor does it grab you by the lapels and...