Cap­ture the flag

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“Most movie­go­ers who catch the television previews of ‘Flags of Our Fa­thers’ will falsely as­sume that Clint East­wood cre­ated the Iwo Jima film as a Pa­cific theater ver­sion of ‘Sav­ing Private Ryan.’ [. . .]

“The Iwo Jima vic­tory cleared the path for a more ef­fec­tive bomb­ing cam­paign of the Ja­panese home­land, but the real spoils came via war pho­tog­ra­pher Joe Rosen­thal’s cam­era. [. . .]

“If ‘Flags’ lacks the same emo­tional tug as ‘Sav­ing Private Ryan,’ that’s be­cause the film’s point is less pathos than lo­gos. East­wood ar­gues that Rosen­thal’s fa­mous pho­to­graph saved the war ef­fort by giv­ing hope to a war-weary home front. And per­haps that’s why the film has a cer­tain cur­rency. As Michael Fu­mento has shown, U.S. re­porters in Iraq mostly hang out in ho­tels and, with­out first­hand knowl­edge of what’s go­ing on, de­liver anti-Bush pro­pa­ganda. Amer­ica’s present war ef­fort in Iraq could use a Rosen­thal-like pho­to­graph to give the other side: that vic­tory is still at­tain­able.”

JohnDaw­son,writin­gon“Photo fight,” in the Nov. 4 is­sue of World

Where is the flag rais­ing of the Iraq war? “Flags of Our Fa­thers.”

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