I haven’t seen “Wonder Woman” and won’t pay a nickel to see it, but Jonathan Cook mars his piece by his conspiracy thinking about Syria, claiming that the filmmakers are probably part of the plot to bring the U.S. into open war with Assad forces. Cook has written at least two articles defending Seymour Hersh’s muddled whitewash of Assad sarin attacks and can’t resist throwing in an irrelevant remark in this piece.
Cook writes, “western media-scripted coverage that has for several years been trying to promote more aggressive “humanitarian intervention” in Syria–and before that, and more successfully, in Libya and Iraq. Is Ludendorff supposed to be Bashar Assad, the evil Syrian president who – as long as we discount the dissenting voices of some experts – has twice used the chemical weapon sarin against innocent civilians? Are the British leaders, seeking a peace deal with the Germans, supposed to be those ‘appeasers’ in the West who have stood in the way of ‘intervention’ in Syria, blocking no-fly zones and bombing runs that could bring down the Syrian government?”
I’d make these points about Syria.
1) The U.S. and its Coalition has been “intervening” in Syria for a long time, bombing with abandon ISIS in Syria and civilians under its domination. I can’t recall the “anti-imperialists” condemning and demonstrating against those attacks.
2) It’s the Syrian people not some western media “script” who have been calling for help. Once Assad began slaughtering them Syrians pleaded for no-fly zones, and weapons to shoot down Assad planes. The West is generally uninterested in their plight (and has never been interested in overthrowing the Assad regime). The West has refused to even use its radar to let them know when the helicopters and barrel bombs are coming. Nor has it tried to end the sieges which right now torment 600,000 people.
3) At this stage in the game denial that Assad forces used poison gas is unconscionable.
Maybe the Ludendorff of the movie was …Ludendorff. Erich Ludendorff was a real person. He was a top German general in World War I and by the end of the war the de facto ruler of Germany. After the revolution that threw out the Kaiser, Ludendorff stood with all the forces demanding fascism for Germany. He took part in the Kapp putsch and marched side by side with Adolph Hitler in the Beer Hall Putsch.
The Germans did use chemicals and poison gas in World War I, in fact they were the first to use chlorine gas to kill. (Note that Assad has been using chlorine in various forms in between sarin atrocities) Not to deny that all the other parties in WWI joined in with mustard gas and other chemical killing.
Leaving the odious Gadot aside there seems to be plenty to criticize in the movie especially its demonizing of Germany. Reading summaries and reviews of Wonder Woman it sounds like the political point of the movie was to conflate 1916 Germany to 1942 Germany, and pretty up the Allies. Of course, the Great War was a crime on all sides. I can’t think of another movie in recent years glorifying the British-US in World War I. It seems to me that should be the main political criticism of WW.