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Monday, February 23, 2015

Iwo Jima - 70 Years Ago Today

US Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

While modern Hollywood honors itself and its narcissism in the recent Academy Awards program, they pretty much ignored the accomplishments of American Sniper, a film seen by more people than all the other best picture nominees combined.

Hollywood has little love for the military, despite the fact that without the sacrifices of men such as those on Iwo Jima (6,800 KIA), they would not have the freedoms to make the many questionable movies that they foist on the public month after month.

Before Hollywood was hijacked by liberals, you would regularly find movies that reflected the views of American citizens. Many big stars served in the armed forces. In 1947 The Best Years of Our Lives, a movie about servicemen returning home after WWII, won 7 Oscars including Best Picture. In 1949 Sands of Iwo Jima garnered a Best Actor nomination for John Wayne and 3 other nominations.

Modern films that portray our servicemen in a positive light, are far less common, despite the fact that pro-military films do better at the box office than the anti-military films Hollywood prefers to make.

For those that would enjoy a modern take on the Iwo Jima campaign, you can watch Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers (2006). I would actually recommend reading the book by the same name that was written by James Bradley, a son of one of the soldiers that was in the famous flag raising picture. It is one of the very best books about World War II.

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