What if...?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 1 12:01:45 MST 2002

Jim Craven wrote:
>An exercise I use in class for those who see "suicide bombers" as
>necessarily fanatic, deranged etc.

Right now the AM Talk Radio shows are completely dominated by racist
attacks on the Palestinians who are killing themselves, as if the decision
to sacrifice your life for a higher cause is a sign of some kind of
oriental degeneration that would never occur in the Civilized West.

But when you stop and think about it, there are countless war movies which
begin with some top-ranking US officer telling a bunch of volunteers
something like, "Men, some of you won't come back. But this mission you are
about to embark on could result in a victory that will lead to the defeat
of ------ (you fill in the blanks--Nazis, Commies, Japs.)

I just did a search on the Internet Movie Database under "suicide" and got
80 titles returned including this one:

"Suicide Mission" (1958)
Summary: A tough mission for a special squad of G.I. Joe's.

Edward Cahn directs this very low budget war yarn. Mike Connors leads a
special squad assigned to destroy top intelligence papers in the
Philippines. The mission is almost suicidal, because the Japanese have set
up a HQ in the small building housing the hidden documents. Familiar stock
footage is meshed with this spotty script. No masterpiece, but a quickie
war flick worth watching. Diverse cast of characters that include: Bing
Russell, Russ Bender and John Ashley. Ashley always seems to over act, but
then there is Jewell Lain that shows very little skills as a reporter/love
interest. Look for Sammee Tong, who played the butler on TV's "Bachelor
Father". Lock and load.

Louis Proyect
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