Following the release of the CIA Torture Report which outlined the savagery of the United States in relation to its War on Terror campaign and the use of Guantanamo Bay prison; Hollywood released American Sniper- a movie directed by Clint Eastwood famous for his acting role in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The movie attempts to restore the hearts and minds of the American people as a guilt management tool to demonstrate through covert and overt content within the script that the American soldiers are the good, fighting the bad and "savage" Arabs and Muslims and are victimized by the ugly which is the various aftermath related issues with war against "savages", the sacrifice attached to legitimacy.
Dehumanization of Arabs and Muslims as "Savages": A Virtual Reality
First the movie starts off by demonstrating and constantly reinforced to the viewer that the "Good" American Sniper is the epitome of manhood- a loving father, a great husband and raised in an exceptional moral upbringing based on religious and church values. The logic of exceptionalism prevalent with the American Sniper is very clear in the movie; this man of higher morality and ethics has a duty to save the world from evil as he is god sent and chosen by a higher power to do so; thereby explaining this higher moral compass. It is particularly shown through the sheep, wolves and sheepdog scene. The American Sniper was raised to think that there are three options in this world; the sheep who are the weak, vulnerable and preyed upon by the predators who are the wolves. The sheepdogs are the protectors and saviors; they are moral and ethical and have no evil but are forced to confront the evil wolves and defeat them to protect the sheep. This is what the movie portrays about the character build of the American Sniper as well as the overall logic of American exceptionalism.
The American Sniper then finds his purpose after witnessing the twin towers in New York be hit by planes with no other political or historical context explained. Just that Americans are being attacked because for their democracy and freedom as was fed to the American people. The oversensitive, protective and saviour essence and instinct of the American Sniper pushes him to join the military where he finds his highest potential and purpose; to snipe and invade those "Bad" in Iraq who are supposedly responsible for attacking the United States. He is then given the title of "the legend"; demonstrating again his exceptionalism, superiority and rational thinking and military decision making capabilities and undefeatable immortal being as a protector or "sheepdog."
However, after serving four tours in Iraq he finds himself overwhelmed with his purpose in life as a savior with a Jesus complex. He has to protect his country from evil so that he can protect his wife and children but his wife and children need him to be physically present for them to feel protected. The price of having a "clean conscience" is shown with having to deal with sniping children; something that hurts the American Sniper very much due to his romantic humanitarianism as opposed to the butcher Arab who has no problem murdering children.
After confronting so much "Bad" and "Evil" Arabs and Muslims in Iraq such as the likes of the so called "butcher" and the Iraqi Sniper, the American Sniper further dehumanizes Arabs and Muslims by portraying that Arabs and Muslims are savages, said both covertly and overtly in various parts of the movie. Furthermore, the supposed evil and non trusting nature of the Arabs and Muslims is further demonstrated through the scene where the Iraqi that invited them to the dinner table was using hospitality to exploit the kindness and moral American army but was discovered by the superior thinking and capabilities of the American Sniper where he found the hidden weapons inside the house of this particular Iraqi they had dinner with. This is one of the many "ugly" sides of the Arabs and Muslims that the movie portrays; a complete falsehood whereby the opposite is true as hospitality in the region is a reflection of the cultural and moral values of the people with no treacherous motives. Last but not least, after finally deciding to be with his wife and children again as his mission has been accomplished after hunting down the main savage he was after; he is torn by his inability to continue serving his purpose of "saving" and "protecting" turning him sick; thereby ends up being recommended to a psychologist or therapist by his wife. The movie shows through the psychologist scene that there is nothing wrong with having a saviour and jesus complex and that instead it is a matter of fulfilling and feeding this complex by working with wounded and permanently disabled soldiers in gaining back their pride and dignity. He therefore dies as a martyr and a crusader to save and was overwhelmed by his own duty assigned to him by god as a saviour.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The actuality of context and reality in relation to Savagery.
Whether Clint Eastwood wants to admit this or not savagery is when a foreign occupying army like the American's invade a country against international law and with faulty and inexistent evidence of weapons of mass destruction or any connection to attacks on the twin towers. Savagery is when a foreign and occupation army like the American soldiers have prisons like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib both of which clearly demonstrated mass human rights abuses, torture and humiliation of mostly innocent civilians with the use of "rectal feeding", force feeding and waterboarding among many others. Savagery is when a foreign and occupation army like the Americans decide to forcefully enter into a country that is a cradle of civilization and a sacred place to cause and destroy, desecrate and loot the religious, historical and spiritual sites. Savagery is when a foreign and occupation army like the Americans go into a country as saviours of god whereby their leader George Bush stated that he had a dream that God told him to invade Iraq and to send his "crusades" there to save the Arabs and Muslims from their savagery causing the death of millions of innocent; especially children that are born with deformities caused by American weaponry. Savagery is when a foreign and occupying army like the American's rape the land of Mesopotamia including its citizens.
There was a scene in the movie where the American Sniper was told by his commanders on their way back in Tour Two to "Put the fear of god into these savages." When you analyze and examine the reality, the Iraqi's did just that. The fear of god was definitely implemented as clearly demonstrated through the suicide statistics of the American soldiers who were involved in combat in Iraq. The American soldiers who served in Iraq can speak to the world about their experiences in Ramadi and Fallujah; two cities that have and continue to haunt the American soldiers. The Iraq war caused the loss of more American casualties in the war than on September 11, reinforcing the falsehoods in the movie and its defeating purpose given the current circumstances and the ever more dangerous situation that the world is living in as a result of this invasion.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in relation to "savagery" becomes very clear once the context is clarified. Given the actuality of the context of this war, American Sniper as a title along with the script to go with it is another ideological and brainwashing tactic by the United States media apparatus against their own citizens; directed by Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood doesn't understand that you can dream and live a virtual world all you want, but eventually you will have to wake up to reality such as the CIA Torture Report and the other messes related to the war facing the fact that the cost of war overly surpassed the perceived benefits. It is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States to wake up from the permanent state of dreaming and virtual reality imposed and attempted by Hollywood and start saving themselves from their own government and military savagery or continue to be sheep, dealing with the wolves in their own internal body-politic that are disguised as sheepdogs. This is the true war of legitimacy; to seek, find and know the truth.