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January 17, 2006

Golden Globes' Best Foreign Film? Terrorism-Apologist Paradise Now

If you want to send a message, give out a stupid award:

"Paradise Now" wants the viewer to understand the mind-set that produces such acts as suicide bombings -- because, as Abu-Assad says, to understand is a first step forward.


Abu-Assad says he believes that impotence fuels the bombings. And his characters' words underlie that thought as they go through their daily lives in occupied territory that the film presents as an airless, hermetically sealed prison.

"Under the occupation, we're already dead ... In this life we are dead anyway ... If we can't live as equals, at least we can die as equals" are typical refrains in the film.

The filmmaker says, "The feeling of the impotence is so strong that they kill themselves and others to say, 'I am not impotent.' It is a very complex situation, but the overriding umbrella is the injustice situation."

Also winning: George Clooney as best supporting actor in Syriana:

But politics played a major role at the Golden Globes, too, especially early in the evening when George Clooney was named best supporting actor in a film playing a veteran CIA agent in Middle East oil drama "Syriana."

"This is early, I haven't had a drink yet," Clooney joked when he took the stage to accept his award, the first award of the night. But he turned serious when acknowledging the film's writer/director Stephen Gaghan, as well as Warner Independent Pictures for releasing such a politically charged film.

"These are tough questions to ask, and I'm very proud that the studios are willing to ask these questions," he said about "Syriana's" take on the Middle East and the politics of oil.

And Rachael Weisz won for best supporting actress for the anti-capitalist pharmacological SPECTRE fantasia The Constant Gardner.

Oh, and of course lots of awards for Brokeback, Capote, and Transamerica (about a transexual).

It's hard not to imagine that this is the foreign press' idea of sticking it in America's eye, or, perhaps, trying to set a good example of taste and socialist pieties for their American inferiors.

Ah, well, let them have their night of giving out meaningless awards. We'll just have to content ourselves with controlling the world.

Thanks to Allah.

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