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The Hurt Locker–A Review

Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 26, 2010

The first time I heard about The Hurt Locker I was a little jealous.  What a great title.  I wished I’d thought of it for a book.  Saying you’re in the “hurt locker” or we’re going to put someone else in the “hurt locker” is a very common term in the military.  And it’s a perfect title for a book or a movie.  So I was immediately intrigued.  I didn’t get around to watching it in the theaters, but did watch the Oscars as it won best picture.  Wow.  A military film winning best picture?

It’s extremely rare for a military or war movie to win best picture.  But something that is growing even more rare, is for Hollywood to make a movie that portrays the military positively, and the conduct of a given war as reasonable, or even honorable.  If the film is about war, the general rule (not universal, see We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, and Saving Private Ryan) you can be fairly well assured the Hollywood of today will be against it, and the movie will show it.

In the last forty years there have been only four “war” films that have won best picture. The first, and the best known, is Patton.  1970.  It may have been the last one to imply that a given war may be worth fighting, and the men involved were honorable.  You could argue that they were showing Patton as crazy; but I’ve seen it several times and never came away from it with the idea that the movie was anti-war, anti-World War II.

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The ICC—the international court for war crimes featured front and center in my novel Falcon Seven—was prosecuting Thomas Lubanga, the alleged Congolese warlord, but the chief prosecutor for the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo, was found by the trial court to be out of line for failing to inform the defense of a key figure in the case.  The case was dismissed.  You can read about it on Yahoo News here.  But of course Moreno Ocampo appealed–to the appellate court right down the hall. 

Unsurprisingly, the “appellate” court of the ICC (which is located in the same building as the ICC’s trial court), reversed the trial court’s decision, saying Ocampo should only have been sanctioned, and, of course, the trial may continue. 

Notably, Moreno Ocampo is the same chief prosecutor of the ICC who said in 2009 (you can read the Reuters story here ) that he was investigating the conduct of American troops in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for war crimes.  Looks like Americans will be in the good hands of a sanctioned prosecutor of the ICC some day.  We’d better dust off the Servicemember’s Protection Act and get it ready.  We may need it.

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In the News

In the News

Pakistani Intelligence Helping the Enemy? I told you so.

Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 7, 2010

Many of my books have been noted by the press to be somewhat prescient.  To anticipate future events.  Like Fallout, which before 9/11 anticipated an air attack on the US from inside US territory by foreigners trained here. 

One of the things I have been noting and writing about for years is the duplicity of the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence), toward the United States.  It has been widely believed for years that the ISI established and supported the Taliban.  They have always denied it, and continue to deny it.  An article released today quotes the Pentagon that portions of the ISI are working with terrorist groups to undermine US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. You can read the FoxNews article here.  The Wall Street Journal asserts here that the ISI is affirmatively supporting the Taliban. 

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