American Sniper: Two Views (Excerpts)

by Chris Hedges American Sniper lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society, the gun culture, blind adoration of the military, the belief we have a right as a Christian nation to exterminate the lesser breeds, a hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion, a denial of inconvenient facts. Many, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the "moral renewal" and militarized control the movie venerates. The movie never asks the seminal question: why the people of Iraq are fighting back against [...]