Cruising for Hitler

Cruise as Stauffenberg This upcoming Tom Cruise movie about Claus von Stauffenberg’s failed (do I really need to say “failed”?) 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler is worth a look, and AICN’s comments are interesting:

It is a pretty subversive film, the suggestion to – during a war time situation – to assassinate and kill not just the leader of your country, but the entire top level chain of command. But that’s exactly the situation that this group faced during one of the darkest periods in modern history.

There’s a sad irony in the fact that Cruise’s efforts to get the film made have been impeded by the German government (see here and here) on the grounds that under German law Scientology (a belief system of which Cruise is a prominent adherent – just in case any extraterrestrials are reading this blog) is regarded as not a “real” religion but only an insidious swindle cloaking itself in the trappings of faith. I seem to recall some previous German government dude saying the same thing about Judaism….


5 Responses to Cruising for Hitler

  1. Administrator November 9, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Incidentally, my apologies for linking to what I suspect is a neonazi site for that last citation, but I couldn’t find a copy of Mein Kampf online that wasn’t on some such site (except the Gutenberg version, which I couldn’t use because it doesn’t allow citation by chapters).

  2. William H. Stoddard November 9, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    Well, it’s perfectly true, but if you applied it evenhandedly, a lot of other religions would be banned too. If you read the story of how Mormonism got started, it gives all the evidence of being a con that ran away with its creator, for example.

  3. Anon2 November 9, 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    Oh so now it’s guilt by linking? Surely people would have to be crazy to think that linking to a site implies endorsement of its contents.

  4. Administrator November 9, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    My concern wasn’t guilt by endorsement, it was raising their Google score.

  5. Dain November 10, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    “My concern wasn’t guilt by endorsement, it was raising their Google score.”

    Brilliant observation.

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