American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

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‘American Sniper’ Triggers Flood Of Anti-Muslim Venom, Civil Rights Group Warns.

Since the film opened earlier this month, “American Sniper” has stirred up passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. WASHINGTON, United States – In the open letters released earlier this week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said there has been a spike in violent threats against Muslims due to the film that portrays the story of an American sniper during the Iraq war. “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.Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie “American Sniper,” an American-Arab organization said in letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. Threats reported to the civil rights group have tripled since the film’s wide opening over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the committee told The Guardian. “The last time we saw such a sharp increase was in 2010, around the Ground Zero mosque,” said the group’s national legal and policy director, Abed Ayoub, referring to an Islamic center that was going to be located a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Before American Sniper hit the big screen, there was a messy trail of accusations and bankruptcy litigation involving the business he founded, Craft International LLC, and his widow, Taya Kyle, who was called the company’s “litigation nemesis” in court filings by Craft’s lawyers in US Bankruptcy Court in Dallas.

His skill in killing the enemy was easy for Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history, but the consequences of taking human lives took a toll on him and his family. “American Sniper” leaves you feeling an awed respect … quiet and reflective as you leave the theater. The group wrote that it has seen “hundreds of violent messages targeting Arabs and Muslims from moviegoers of the film.” “With all these threats coming in, we wanted to be proactive,” Samer Khalaf, the committee’s president, told The Huffington Post in discussing his group’s decision to contact Cooper and Eastwood. “When we are not proactive, people end up getting hurt. …

Now, Ms Kyle and Craft’s creditors have reached a settlement under which the company will shut down, the Kyle family can live rent-free until October 30 in their Midlothian, Texas, home, and Ms Kyle will get the rights to Craft’s skull-shaped logo. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here. The logo, imprinted on Craft apparel like T-shirts, patches and coffee mugs, drove the company’s merchandise sales and is surrounded by these words: “Despite what your Momma told you … violence does solve problems.” “She’s gone through a very hard time and still is going through the grieving process,” said Dallas lawyer Larry Friedman, who represents Ms Kyle. “She has risen to the occasion as a patriot, as a wife and as a mother.” Mr Kyle borrowed about $2.6 million from an investor group to get his business started in 2009. We end up talking about Chris Kyle and his dilemmas, and not about the Rumsfelds and Cheneys and other officials up the chain who put Kyle and his high-powered rifle on rooftops in Iraq and asked him to shoot women and children. But without a doubt, Chris Kyle with all his human frailties, saved American lives and helped stop the murder spree of numerous Islamic fascist thugs.

Craft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last May, but hoped to reorganise and continue operating under the ownership of Craft’s investors, who would take a stake in the business instead of loan repayment. After the film debuted, filmmaker Michael Moore aired his grievances with any sniper on Twitter, sparking even more controversy: “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2.

Here’s where Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, Alec Baldwin (who also made some asinine tweets), and other “Useful Idiots” make their unforgivable mistake; they equate the Nazi’s, the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, rogue Islamic terrorists, and other “Evil Doers,” with U.S. soldiers. At one point, Craft’s lawyers said they might sue Ms Kyle for any money she gets from the American Sniper film, which hit cinemas last week and is based on Mr Kyle’s 2012 best-selling autobiography. Mr Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq, is credited with more than 150 “confirmed kills,” and he gained notoriety among insurgents to the point where they put an $80,000 bounty on his head, Ms Kyle’s lawyers said in court papers.

China acquired most of the oil from Iraq, not Halliburton or Chevron, and our former World War II enemies Germany and Japan are not the 51st and 52nd States. A chunk of the royalties from the book could eventually flow to former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, who won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit against Mr Kyle’s estate.

Many combat veterans have seen the movie, and while they agree or disagree with the portrayal to varying degrees, many argue that the film successfully accomplishes one goal: Giving vets an arena to talk about their own war experiences. If we were the “Evil Empire” we are accused of being, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Kosovo and others would be U.S. outposts to rape and pillage not prop up for the good of the world.

The case is under appeal. (Mr Ventura also has sued HarperCollins Publishers LLC, a unit of News Corp for allegedly publishing “a false and defamatory story.” A spokeswoman for HarperCollins said the company “will defend itself vigorously and views the suit as entirely without merit.”) Hollywood was surprised by the movie’s phenomenal $107 million box office over the four-day US holiday weekend, making it the largest opening ever for a drama or R-rated film. While President Obama’s extensive use of drones could be called into question, there is no comparison with the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the videotaped beheadings perpetrated by Islamic torturers. Especially our snipers.’ He knows who deserves America’s respect.” Variety.com reported that Jason Hall, the film’s screenwriter, has recieved over 250 Facebook friend requests from several generations of veterans and their families. According to Hall, some of the veterans felt trapped with their own experiences of war, and watching the film is what enabled them to finally begin those difficult conversations. “It’s like ‘goal accomplished,’ in my mind,” Hall said, reported Variety.com. “People are talking about this. Kyle and other SEALs to do exhibition shoots at his annual economic summit, letting them detonate explosives at his ranch in front of his Wall Street buddies.

Buzzell finds it difficult to understand how war is to be portrayed if not with violence. “Kyle was a Navy SEAL – he didn’t enlist in the Peace Corps. Investors who eventually extended a $2.6 million note to Craft include former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach, golf sportscaster David Feherty and the son of ex-Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks. What else do civilians think that combat soldiers to do?” Buzzell said in the article. “He followed the rules of engagement and, if anything, was a pretty squared away soldier – one I’d be honored to serve along side – and, if people think that the real Kyle was a monster for doing the job that our country sent him to do, then that must mean that they think I’m a monster as well.” The difficulty is that war is more complex than any Hollywood film. By the time that some investors suggested taking over in 2014, Craft executives already were challenging Ms Kyle’s inherited ownership, arguing that Mr. Adrian Bonenberger, who was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantry officer, felt he was in the minority of veterans who was not impressed by the film.

However, he said that while the film may not reflect the complexity of war, it is necessary for civilians to see war depicted, face its brutal reality, and honestly confront how the country handles its actions overseas. “This awareness is urgently needed, much more so than any selfish personal desire for entertainment or enlightenment,” Mr. In earlier court papers, Craft officials said that “Taya is unilaterally attempting to usurp control of [Craft] and its assets, capitalising and cashing in on the notoriety of being the widow of a renowned military hero.” In August, Ms Kyle sued Craft for using her dead husband’s name and image — which she said belongs to her and her two children — to sell merchandise.

Bonenberger wrote in The Concourse. “If this film inspires conversations about cultural imperialism – and how simplistic and reductive philosophy, combined with exposure to violence and moral injury, can twist and distort a decent human being – so be it. Seth, next time you’re in trouble, like you were when “The Interview” was in danger of being tossed away, I’m not so sure the American public will jump so quickly to defend you. So, for your lack of deep political thought and speed at which you are ready to attack those who defend your rights and save others around the world …

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