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May 25, 2005

Not sympathetic but...

Ex-pat Kiwi produces film depicting 9/11 hijackers

Screening in New Zealand's inaugural Human Rights Film Festival is Hamburg Cell, a film about the men behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Ex-pat New Zealander Finola Dwyer produced the film and talks to Maggie Tait about the experience.

Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes, expatriate New Zealander Finola Dwyer discovered as she worked on a drama based on the men behind the September 11 bombings.


OK. Having not seen the film or anything I'll reserve judgement. But...

Dwyer believes New Zealanders would be open to the film and be interested in learning about the terrorists' motivations - such as the Palestinian problem.

"I hope it will provoke people to think about the situation because these things don't just happen out of the blue. It's not because these people are all lunatics.

"There's something behind their actions you need to contemplate and in no way are we sympathetic to these terrorists at all but they don't go around blowing themselves and other people up just based on nothing."


How about...

Dwyer believes New Zealanders would be open to the film and be interested in learning about the einsatzgruppens motivations - such as the Jewish question.

"I hope it will provoke people to think about the situation because these things don't just happen out of the blue. It's not because these people are all lunatics.

"There's something behind their actions you need to contemplate and in no way are we sympathetic to these terrorists at all but they don't go around murdering people just based on nothing"


No? No, I didn't think so either. Few actions are "based on nothing", however, that does not make all "based on something" actions any less reprehensible or justifiable or in need of "understanding". The correct response to Nazi atrocities was stomping it out of existence. The correct response to Soviet domination was forcing its collapse. The correct response to terrorism is wiping out the rotten core of Islamofascism. I can "understand" why the Einsatzgruppen did what they did, just like I can "understand" why murderous "insurgents" do what they do... because they share the common thread of a fanatical insanity.

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