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Munich

My thoughts on the movie here.

After reading some of the email it generated, it dawned on me that one of the lessons of Saving Private Ryan directly contradicts the lesson Munich. In Ryan, they let one German soldier go and they come to regret it. Similarly, when the young translator freezes with terror, his friend dies at the hands of a Nazi. Most people I know took the lesson of these scenes to be that ignoring or refusing to face up to evil will only lead to greater tragedies down the road. In Munich, the lesson is the reverse. Killing terrorists is foolish because to do so only “creates more terrorists” and replaces the bad guys with worse guys. I don’t think these two morals can be reconciled.

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