Iraq is like [fill in the blank]
: Yesterday, I took you to a site that said Iraq is not like the U.S. in Vietnam is instead like the French in Algeria.
Today’s silly war comparison:
The world premiere of the Hollywood big-budget epit “Troy” in Berlin Sunday saw German-born director Wolfgang Petersen draw parallels between the Trojan war and the US-led war in Iraq….
Petersen, director of the World War II German submarine classic “Das Boot” (The Boot) and the action-thriller “Air Force One”, said he has been taken aback by the way the conservative rightwing has taken over the White House with a militaristic agenda.
The invasion of Iraq occurred just as shooting for the film got underway in Malta.
“I couldn’t believe it,” 60-year-old Petersen told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. “I thought, it’s as if nothing has changed in 3,000 years. People are still using deceit to engage in wars of vengeance.”
While stressing that he “did not make this film with the intention of making an anti-American statement”, Petersen said the parallels between the Trojan war and the Iraq war became more apparent daily during the filming.
“Just as King Agamemnon waged what was essentially a war of conquest on the ruse of trying to rescue the beautiful Helen from the hands of the Trojans, President George W. Bush concealed his true motives for the invasion of Iraq.”
Jeesh. Anything for a plug.