Jul 26, 2010
Oliver Stone Telling Hard Truths in the Face of Character Assassination
Updated: ADL accepts Oliver Stone 'apology' over Holocaust, U.S. Jews. Stone: "I do agree that it was wrong of me to say that Israel or the pro-Israel lobby is to blame for America’s flawed foreign policy." Stone also added that he was "categorically opposed to anti-Semitism – and all other racist ideologies."
If Stone were an anti-Semite, why would he state he is opposed to anti-Semitism, as major flacks for Israel have said?
The only ones owing an apology are the bystanders who go along with this smearing of a good man and great director. The idea that Ollie Stone would "defend Hitler" or "blame the Jews" for anything is absurd on its face.
Oliver Stone told the bare truth about Vietnam and war in Platoon.
Oliver Stone told the bare truth about money and greed in Wall Street.
One can go on, Midnight Express, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, JFK, and South of the Border and on and on.
Now, Stone tells the truth in an interview with a British newspaper about the militaristic, Zionist propaganda machine.
And sleazy hit pieces abound, though they are particularly galling in light of Stone's peace-and-justice work that speaks truth to power with an eloquence and courage one finds lacking today.
This is not the first time Oliver Stone has been the victim of a hit piece, but the intellectual dishonesty employed against Stone for daring to tell the hard truth about facets of the rogue state of Israel reveals much about the American political culture though slime like Edelstein would have you believe that the half-Jewish Stone is anti-Semitic, even comparing Stone's comments to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Stone's comments published in the The Sunday Times of London (paid subscription) include a criticism of Hitler's American and British supporters: "Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”
Any student of history knows well the rise of Hitler and other fascists like Francisco Franco came with American and British support during the 1930s; and Russia did lose 25-million souls during WWII. They count as human, right?
Of the Israeli Lobby and propaganda machine, Stone said, “They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f—– up United States foreign policy for years.”
That's news? That's axiomatic.
Stone issued a statement Monday saying, "In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity - and it was an atrocity."
Fine, but history should teach us that human beings like Russians, Palestinians, Jews, Christians and agnostics are as significant as any other human being.
There is no master race, no chosen people; there are human beings from whom we receive gifts when we defend and honor their humanity.
That bond is something Stone understands and is an ideal that his detractors, the militarists and those who live by the lie, reject and will never appreciate.
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less ... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind," wrote John Donne, an artist and poet of Stone's caliber.
Keep telling the truth, Oliver; the world needs your commitment to humanity more than ever.