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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve just seen this film for the first time, and it was largely as I expected. It missed most of the real points, and padded out with general silliness. It was distressing to see that bereaved parents were being abused to make a weak political point. There were some point where I shouted at the screen in protest at completely unfair and stupid accusations, and several points where I actually laughed out loud at some observations (one of the most memorable being that the Saudi Embassy was at the heart of Washington’s decision making process because it was located opposite one of the most important government buildings – the Watergate Hotel).

The BBC series The Power of Nightmares was far better, soberly and sensibly exploring the background issues that Michael Moore tried to sensationalise. And, judging by the US Election results, failed.

This 266th post was filed under: Reviews.

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