Last night during a radio program about the implications of Gibson's Passion, someone defended the movie's brutality as a necessary antidote to American complacency. "No war has been fought on American soil," he said. "It's like Saving Private Ryan...."
Nobody challenged this.
The ghosts of Horseheads and Bunker Hill and Yorktown, of Shiloh and Antietam and Gettysburg, of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee and Tippecanoe, must wonder what the hell these people were thinking.