Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oliver Stone To Empathize with Hitler, Stalin, and Mao

Director Oliver Stone plans to release a documentary series which he claims will offer a more empathetic view on history’s most ruthless dictators.

"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, (U.S. Senator Joseph) McCarthy -- these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.

"Stalin has a complete other story," Stone said. "Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.'

"Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply. He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect ... People in America don't know the connection between World War I and World War II ...

"I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view. We're going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions ... Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated."

The controversial director's 10-part documentary series for Showtime promises to focus on events that "at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history of the last 60 years." An airdate has not yet been set.

"You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate," Stone said during the show's trailer, which promised to put historical villains "in context."

Liberals have no problem attacking America for its atrocities (slavery, Native American genocide, McCarthysim), but are equally willing to defend totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia—whose atrocities are far worse than any committed by America. To the left, America is evil and should be hated, while Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia “have been vilified” and should be examined “in context.”

Then again, Oliver Stone is no stranger to revisionist history. He has directed several controversial films, a prime example being JFK, which suggests that Lyndon B. Johnson may have been responsible for the Kennedy assassination.

Yes, with such “historically accurate” films under his belt, Stone clearly has the credentials to create a documentary on Hitler! Ugh!