by Norman Berdichevsky (March 2015)
Anyone viewing The Wind and the Lion on Netflix might think that it was produced today by Hamas, Hizbollah, or CAIR – the Council of American Islamic Relations, so effusive is its romantic glorification of violent Islam complete with beheadings of helpless captives (other Muslims who have not sufficiently demonstrated their loyalty) whose main character, a Morrocan brigand and tribal leader, portrayed by actor Sean Connery exclaims…..”I am Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, sherif of the Riffian Berbers. I am the true defender of the faithful and the blood of the prophet runs in me and I am but a servant of his will.” The film was made in 1975 simultaneously with the fall of Saigon and the end of the hated Vietnam war which set the scene for the subsequent four decades of American mea culpas, pitiless self-flagellation and the current rush to accept American guilt for Islamophobia. more>>>
Mr. Berdichevsky has written a fine article. Most Hollywood types and other leftists cling to the absurd idea of utopia, with themselves in charge of course. The left will even consort with Islamists to further their utopian dream. Their self-assumed superiority, you see, will enable them to run the show once the dust settles and the blood dries. What Hollywood especially doesn't seem to realize is that the Islamists despise their movies and decadent habits. The left's historical rewrites and outright lies would be pathetic were they not so dangerous. The pile of corpses resulting from the leftist dreams of the past is beyond number. Yet, the current "president" of the United States is attempting to realize his version of utopia by consorting with Iran. His Hollywood propagandists will likely be turning out a "Wind and the Lion" re-make any day now.
What? This is the first time I've heard John Milius being confused for a leftist liberal. Maybe you should do some more research into the person who wrote and directed the movie, and not read into the subtext that are clearly not there.
Never has anyone gotten a movie so wrong. TR was an expansionist. That's why he is on Mt. RUSHMORE. While he admires Raisuli, he does so because of the man's bravery and willingness to defend his people and his honor. Much like TR admired the Indians, yet he was not about to return the land to them. John Milius never ever said this was history. It's a movie. His purpose was to remind Americans of American greatness and character and optimism. He chose the setting because it was one of American coming of age and flexing its muscles in the world. That is the America John Milius wants to live in. That any reviewer could think the film advocates retwesr from leadsrship in the world is mind boggling. As for Islam, Milius is respectful. Raisuli fights for Allah and sees himself as His nstrument. He alsofights to rid his land of foreign rule. Morocco was about to lose its independence as Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt had . What is wrong with a patriot fighting for independence from rule by foreign troops? Lexington, anyone? Concord? To say Raisuli's chaacter equates him with ISIS is beyond the Pael.