‘American Sniper’ Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

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‘American Sniper’ Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War.

The movie is a surprise box-office hit, but it has also become a lightning rod. Muslims of the United States are facing a “drastic increase” in anti-Muslim threats following the release of the movie “American Sniper,” says an American-Arab organization.Having killed 160 Iraqis during his time in the war-torn country, America’s most lethal sniper Chris Kyle had said he wished he’d ‘killed more’. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) wrote letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper, censuring the depiction of Muslims and Arabs in the newly-released movie. “A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are (a) result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper,” the ADC said. “Your visibility, influence, and connection to the film would be a tremendous force in drawing attention to and lessening the serious dangers facing the respective communities,” read the letters, addressing the two Hollywood stars. The movie has also broken records for “best opening for a movie based on a book,” “largest MLK opening weekend ever,” and “largest drama opening weekend ever,” according to Fellman.

Released earlier this month, the movie, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture, tells the story of an American soldier called Chris Kyle deployed in Iraq. The letter said Eastwood and Cooper, the film’s producer and star, could bolster the ADC’s message of tolerance. “It is our opinion that you could play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing,” said the letter, dated Jan 21. The sniper insisted his only regret was that US lives were lost because he shot too few of the enemy, reports Daily Mail. “No, sir, not at all; to be honest with you, I wish I’d killed more because every kill saved American lives and that was what I was out there for,” he said. Less than a year after the conversation, Kyle was killed on a remote shooting range in Texas by a disturbed veteran he was helping, who was said to have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 100 have been collected, all from social media. “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us,” said one Twitter post collected by the ADC.

He’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.”‘ Maher drew on excerpts from the autobiography Kyle wrote before he was killed in February 2013, in which he said he enjoyed war and referred to his targets as ‘savages’. Jack Horner, a spokesman for Warner Bros., the studio releasing the film, said in a statement that the company, a unit of Time Warner Co, “denounces any violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric, including that which has been attributed to viewers” of the film. When Schick was in Iraq in 2004, the Humvee he was riding in hit a tank mine. “It blew right underneath me and then blew me through the top of the Humvee,” he recalls. “Their guesstimation is 30 feet, and [I] stuck the landing on my head.” Schick lost part of his hand, part of his arm and part of his leg. But he says his most debilitating issues were post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. “Physical pain lets you know you’re alive; mental pain will test your will to stay that way,” he says. It was also condemned by critics for its callous tone: He calls Iraqis “savages” and says he “loved killing bad guys” to protect Marines. “Chris Kyle’s story is an uneasy story,” says Nicholas Schmidle, staff writer for The New Yorker.

He says Kyle wasn’t the only soldier to be crass when talking about the enemy. “He did dehumanize the enemy,” Schmidle says. “That is something, however, that is part of training. That’s part of preparing young men and women to go to war.” Another reason for the backlash against American Sniper is the fantastical stories Kyle told about himself after he left the Navy. On the radio Opie & Anthony Show, he claimed to have punched former Minnesota governor (and Navy veteran) Jesse Ventura at a bar after Ventura supposedly made disparaging remarks about soldiers.

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