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Iranian TV Documentary Series Traces Zionist Themes in Western Movies: "Saving Private Rya

June 30 2008 at 8:03 PM
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Iranian TV Documentary Series Traces Zionist Themes in Western Movies: "Saving Private Ryan"

Following are excerpts from a segment of an Iranian documentary series on Hollywood cinema featuring the film Saving Private Ryan. The segment aired on the Iranian News Channel, IRINN, on May 27, 2008.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1801.htm. (To view another segment of this series, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1787.htm.)

"'Zion' Sometimes Becomes 'Ryan,' As In Saving Private Ryan"

Narrator: "The concentrated efforts of the Zionist lobbies in America have led the U.S. government to be the greatest supporter of the regime occupying Jerusalem. In recent years, following the exposure of certain information, hatred towards the Zionists has developed and intensified among various sectors of society in this country. Therefore, some of the efforts of the Zionist propaganda machine are aimed at improving the image of Zionism, and at painting a false picture of the historical role of the Zionists in American society."


Dr. Majid Shah-Hosseini, Iranian film critic: "[In The Matrix], Zion symbolizes the utopian Jewish Zionist land. These are the roots of Zionism. How come in such a popular and seemingly fictional American film, the utopia of liberty and humanity, which heralds the era of modernity - in the technical, rather than theoretical sense - is symbolized by a Zionist name - 'Zion?'

"Moreover, names may be selected for their rhyming value. 'Zion' sometimes becomes 'Ryan,' as in Saving Private Ryan. They exploit even the similarity of names.

"The Jewish Steven Spielberg, whose previous film Schindler's List reflected Zionist goals, and who turned the false story of the Holocaust into an influential movie, is now making a new movie, about Private Ryan." [...]

"By Exaggerating This Role [Of Jewish Soldiers In The Film], The Zionists Seem To Be Trying To Achieve Legitimacy For Their Post-War Actions"

Murtaza Ali-Abbas Mirzai, Iranian documentary filmmaker: "In Saving Private Ryan, one sees that they are the ultimate plunderers. The scene in which the officer puts some earth from various countries into cans was just a preview of what they are doing now - taking the land of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the European countries."


Narrator: "While the blacks and other minorities protest the fact that Hollywood ignores their role in American history, but to no avail, prominent films like Saving Private Ryan highlight the role of Jewish soldiers. By exaggerating this role, the Zionists seem to be trying to achieve legitimacy for their post-war actions. In the military cemetery shown in the opening scene of the film, the picture has been edited to draw attention to the Jewish graves among others." [...]

"This Cry Of Rage Is The Cry Of Zionism Validating The Crimes Perpetrated By Zionism After The World War"

Narrator: "Among the more unpleasant scenes of the film are the scenes in which a Jewish soldier directs his rage towards German POWs. When he sees some German soldiers wearing jewelry with symbols of his religion, this soldier has a fit of rage and attacks them. In these scenes, the film director presents a completely sympathetic view of this soldier's rage towards the helpless POWs. It seems as if this cry of rage is the cry of Zionism validating the crimes perpetrated by Zionism after the world war."



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Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States 1924-1929

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Re: Iranian TV Documentary Series Traces Zionist Themes in Western Movies: "Saving Private Rya

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June 30 2008, 8:17 PM 

And there's me thinking Ryan a Good old Irish name meaning Little King.
I believed that Pvt Ryan mum was a Roman Catholic, hence the big family, but now some how there Jewish. So what Is Ryan Air Jewish.
Oh so Tom Clancy must be in it to cos of John Patrick Ryan, the good kosher boy that he is.

Feck er i mean my life already

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I saw it from my brother's DVD

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July 2 2008, 4:33 AM 

It was too glorifying US-Jewish POV. The Germans were portrayed by Spielberg as "bunch of idiots" hellbent on marching after IED-ed (spelling?) by a few U.S. defenders - played by Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Vin Diesel etc. - including Jewish soldier and ignored the fact that so-called non-US Allies also played pivotal roles - including military intelligence operation by Lt. Commander Patrick Dalzel-Job and his 30 Assault Unit, proto-007 fame - not to mention Dutch AF crew of Indonesian origin attached within RAF...

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Re: Iranian TV Documentary Series Traces Zionist Themes in Western Movies: "Saving Private Rya

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July 2 2008, 6:06 AM 

German WWII Vet Reviews 'Saving Private Ryan'
Hans Schmidt

Editor's Note: In the annals of modern history, I do not believe there are military veterans who have had to face the ordeal of vilification and falsification which these German veterans have endured. They are hated and reviled in spite of the fact that they generally fought cleanly and honorably in a war that can hardly be said to have been of their choosing.

Having met these men in the flesh, my intellectual convictions about the horrors of the fratricide that was World War Two were confirmed emotionally and personally.

Spielberg's "Pvt. Ryan" is about saving a surviving brother from the fate which befell his other siblings in the American army. But concern only for the life of the brother in American uniform is fatally short-sighted. Saving Private Fritz was just as necessary. To think otherwise is to engage in deadly self-hate masked by the slick celluloid of Spielberg.

It is this hatred for the image of the German stranger, who is in fact not a stranger, but the face in our own mirror, that is at the root of the rot we observe today in France, Britain and America. Where now is the civilization the Allied soldiers died to preserve?

Mr. Steven Spielberg

Dreamworks Productions

10 Universal City Plaza

N. Hollywood, Calif. 91609

Dear Mr. Spielberg:

Permit me, a twice wounded veteran of the German Army, and participant in three campaigns (Battle of the Bulge, Hungary and Austria) to comment on your picture, "Saving Private Ryan."

Having read many of the accolades of this undoubtedly successful and, shall we say, "impressive," film, I hope you don't mind some criticism from both a German and a German-American point of view.

Apart from the carnage immediately at the beginning of the story, during the invasion at Omaha Beach, whereon I cannot comment because I was not there; many of the battle scenes seemed unreal.

You made some commendable efforts to provide authenticity through the use of several pieces of original-looking German equipment, for instance, the Schützenpanzerwagen (SPW), the MG 42s, and the Kettenkrad.

And, while the appearance of German infantry soldiers of the regular Army in the Normandy bunkers was not well depicted, the Waffen SS in the street fighting at the end of the film were quite properly outfitted.

My comment about the unreality of the battle scenes has to do with the fact that the Waffen-SS would not have acted as you depicted them in "Private Ryan."

While it was a common sight in battle to see both American and Russian infantry congregate around their tanks when approaching our lines, this rarely if ever occurred with the Waffen-SS.

(The first Americans I saw during the Battle of the Bulge were about a dozen dead GIs bunched around a burned-out, self-propelled, tracked howitzer.)

Furthermore, almost all the German soldiers seen in "Private Ryan" had their heads shaved, or wore closely cropped hair, something totally in conflict with reality. Perhaps you were confusing, in your mind, German soldiers with Russians of the time.

Or else, your Jewishness came to the fore, and you wanted to draw a direct line back from today's skinheads to the Waffen-SS and other German soldiers of the Third Reich.

Also, for my unit you should have used 18 or 19-year old boys instead of older guys. The average age, including general officers of the Hitlerjugend division at Caen, was 19 years!

The scene where the GI shows his Jewish "Star of David" medallion to German POWs and tells them: "Ich Jude, ich Jude!" is so outrageous as to be funny.

I can tell you what German soldiers would have said to each other if such an incident had actually ever occurred: "That guy is nuts!"

You don't seem to know that for the average German soldier of World War II, of whatever unit, the race, color or "religion" of the enemy didn't matter at all. He didn't know and he didn't care.

Furthermore, you committed a serious error in judgment when, in the opening scenes of "Private Ryan" you had the camera pan from the lone grave with the Jewish star to all the Christian crosses in the cemetery.

I know what you wanted to say but I am sure that I was not the only one who immediately thereafter glanced over all the other hundreds of crosses one could see, to discover whether somewhere else was another Star of David.

And you know the answer. In fact, you generated exactly the opposite effect of what you had intended. Your use of that scene makes a lie out of the claim now put forth by Jewish organizations that during World War II Jews volunteered for service in numbers greater than their percentage of the general population, and that their blood sacrifice was (therefore) higher also.

I visited the large Luxembourg military cemetery where General Patton is buried and counted the Jewish stars on the gravestones. I was shocked by their absence.

After World War I, some German Jewish leaders mounted the same ruse: They claimed then and still do to this day that, "12,000 Jews gave their lives for the Fatherland," which would also have made their general participation higher, which it was not. But perhaps the "12,000" figure is intended as a symbol denoting, "from our point of view, we did enough."

During World War II, as now, about a quarter of the American population considered itself German-American. Knowing the patriotic fervor German-Americans harbor for America, we can be certain that their numbers in the Armed Forces were equal or higher than their percentage of the population.

Yet in "Saving Private Ryan" there was not one single German name to be heard or seen among the Americans.

Did you forget Nimitz, Arnold, Spaatz or even Eisenhower? Well, perhaps Capt. Miller from Pennsylvania was a German whose name had been anglicized. In omitting the American Germans you seem to have taken a cue from the White House at whose contemporary state dinners rarely someone with a German name can be found.

Well, maybe someone thinks that the abundance of German sounding names such as Goldberg, Rosenthal, Silverstein and Spielberg satisfies the need for "German-American" representation.

My final comment concerns the depictions of the shooting of German POWs immediately after a fire fight. A perusal of American World War II literature indicates that such incidents were much more common than is generally admitted, and more often than not, such transgressions against the laws of war and chivalry are often or usually excused, "because the GIs got mad at the Germans who had just killed one of their dearest comrades".

In other words, the anger and the war crime following it was both understandable and, ipso facto excusable. In "Private Ryan" you seem to agree with this stance since you permit only one of the soldiers, namely, the acknowledged coward, to say that one does not shoot enemy soldiers who had put down their arms.

As a former German soldier I can assure you that among us we did not have this, what you would call, un-Aryan mindset.

I remember well, when in January of 1945 we sat together with ten captured Americans after a fierce battle, and the GIs were genuinely surprised that we treated them almost as buddies, without rancor.

If you want to know why, I can tell you. We had not suffered from years of anti-enemy hate propaganda, as was the case with American and British soldiers whose basic sense of chivalry had often (but not always) been dulled by watching too many anti-German war movies usually made by your brethren.

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