Comments: United 93

I, too, found it hard to put in words my reaction to this fantastic film .. I'm glad I got up the nerve to see it, but I must confess that, knowing how it would all end, I found the final act to be very, very hard to watch, and indeed had to turn away from the screen at some points

Posted by Keith Demko at May 1, 2006 04:05 PM

I wont be seeing this movie. Not because I am not respectful of those who died that day, or have no time for the US. On the contrary, I have the utmost respect for the United States and the War on Terror. I just cannot bring myself to relive that day. I was entering the US in my rig heading to Lockport NY. I saw Americans hovering around radio at the factory I pick up at much in the way I imagine they did when FDR was announcing they declared war on Japan for Pearl Harbor. I saw the anger, the outrage and some fear in those men, who were friends, but were very patriotic and looking for some ass to kick that day. That memory has stuck with me, for that day I knew I was a "foreigner" and for a brief flash, I knew that underneath the easy friendliness of Americans, there is a steel in there that will fight no matter what, until death or victory. I saw it, and I want nothing to change that memory or my feelings of that horrible day.

Canadians I think should see it, at least those pinheads who seem to forget why Bush has the attitude he has. America was attacked that day, and unlike Clinton, Bush is determined to do something to right the wrong. Now I may not agree with everything that he has done, but I respect him for not wanting to happen again on his watch, and I have the respect I have for America for not rolling over and taking it, like Clinton did when the embassy was attacked, like the Americans who were attacked at the residence in Saudi Arabia, and those sailors at the USS Cole.

Posted by Mark in Bowmanville at May 4, 2006 05:31 PM

Mark, you've nailed several nail with your words. A lot of people have not seen it for precisely the reasons you cite, and there have been a few times when I wished I hadn't seen it.

As Keith notes (above) the emotional churning was such that it defies words - surely the highest praise any blogger can write.

One thing the movie accomplishes is that, by simply presenting the stark events of the day, it dares those who have rationalized and excused those who organized and participated in the attack -- you know, the "Yes, but" and "root cause" crowd - to justify the aloof status they have accorded themselves.

The rest of us grieve, marshall our steel, and carry the fight forward because, although it may not be the best choice, it's the only choice.

Posted by Debbye at May 4, 2006 06:01 PM

I wish Neil Young would go see the movie. . .

Posted by Nik at May 4, 2006 09:35 PM