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United 93: A Film of Terror and Heroism

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

I saw United 93 the other day with my girlfriend. I had to walk out during a large segment of it. The camera shook a lot, even when filming the air traffic control tower and other transportation organization shots, to create the “documentary” feel. It worked, but that combined with the stress of watching these evil terrorists sitting next to their future victims made me sick. How can anyone sit there and live beside people, and then board a plane with the intention of killing themselves as well as all of these innocent people? Pure evil, that’s what. These terrorists thought they were going to paradise; boy were they wrong. They did not hijack the planes because of economic disparity (though we should fight hunger), they did not kill those innocent human beings because of some racial prejudice. No, they mass murdered thousands of people because they thought that they would go to paradise for killing people that disagree with them: people that are not Muslim.

George Will also has some commentary on the film, which he quotes “The Soldier’s Faith,” an 1895 speech:

“In this snug, over-safe corner of the world . . . we may realize that our comfortable routine is no eternal necessity of things, but merely a little space of calm in the midst of the tempestuous untamed streaming of the world, and in order that we may be ready for danger. . . . Out of heroism grows faith in the worth of heroism.”

The message of the movie is: We are all potential soldiers. And we all may be, at any moment, at the war’s front, because in this war the front can be anywhere.

Go see the movie. And remember why we are tracking down terrorists and trying to secure weapons of mass destruction.