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Collateral children

By Michael Moriarty
web posted October 1, 2001

Michael Moriarty in a scene from his new film Hitler Meets Christ, which follows the exploits of two homeless men who have mysteriously assumed the personae of the polar opposites of good and evil -- Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler. Hitler Meets Christ is based on Moriarty's off-Broadway stage play, which was praised by the Nobel-Prize-winning author (and Holocaust survivor) Elie Wiesel.
Michael Moriarty in a scene from his new film Hitler Meets Christ, which follows the exploits of two homeless men who have mysteriously assumed the personae of the polar opposites of good and evil -- Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler. Hitler Meets Christ is based on Moriarty's off-Broadway stage play, which was praised by the Nobel-Prize-winning author (and Holocaust survivor) Elie Wiesel.

It is a certainty, a historical inevitability, that Free World assaults upon the enclaves of Islamic Jihad will eventually ignite a worldwide war of protests. These outbursts will, at first, resemble the violent anti-globalization demonstrations in Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal and Genoa.

Eventually [and more swiftly than anyone could anticipate], the protesters will turn into terrorists themselves. Egged on by a cause reminiscent of the anti-Vietnam-War crusade, these children of Marxist universities will, in their romantic self-delusion, prove just as willing to die for their cause as the kamikaze pilots of September 11th, 2001 who crashed into the Pentagon and twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Which is more important to parents in the Free World? Freedom or the lives of their children?

The psychological warfare inherent in what is actually the revolution of Mao Zedong is, by far, the most cunning and diabolically manipulative exploitation of youthful passion ever.

How could the elected officials of Western nations (as well as Israel and Japan) find themselves having to choose between individual freedom and their children's lives?

It's an unimaginable hell to put any parent through. The Free World has been plunged into the nightmare the great French writer, Albert Camus, laid open in his dramatic descriptions of the living hell of World War II. A Nazi officer forces a French mother to select one of her sons to be executed for acts of the French Resistance. She must pick one boy and then "see him go."

Elected officials of democratic nations will have to determine which children they will "see go." What can leaders of a democracy do when confronted by terrorist children? What recourse do they have when assaulted by legions of kill-crazy kids whose parents have helped build the very "machine" these children are so enraged by?

Do parents despair of their freedom for the sake of their children? Do they succumb to the demands of Communist China and its Gestapo arm, the Maoist Jihad? Or do they see their children mowed down to protect what is left of a true democracy?

The collateral damage of a (so far non-atomic) World War III will inspire Free World children to offer themselves up for sacrifice. It is inevitable. The sentimental spin-doctoring of the great protests against the Vietnam War, the heroic images of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lennon, Phil Ochs, Jane Fonda and many other artists and social activists will explode in a ripe harvest of kamikaze children, aided and abetted by Leninists, Maoists and Islamic Jihad.

The pre-Communist Chinese had an ancient tradition of showing the greatest respect for their elders. However, since the Communist takeover in 1949, Red China trashed its traditions and taught its young people to grossly abuse their elders. Communist China is now paying a horrendous price for that neglect and permissiveness, most shockingly displayed during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76).

Will Western Civilization discard its freedoms and opt for tyranny to save the lives of its youth? Or will it exert its own deep instinct for self-preservation and brook no blackmail from its dangerously misguided younger generations?

I pray that North America opts for the latter course of action. To resign oneself to tyranny is to commit cultural suicide. By submitting to tyranny to save the children, we build a penitentiary that imprisons the elders while serving as a place of execution for the children who built the prison.

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe winning actor, best known for his role as Assistant District Attorney Ben Stone on Law and Order. Moriarty's current project is Taken, Steven Spielberg's mini-series on alien abductions, now shooting in Vancouver. Moriarty is also building a new political party in Canada -- The Realists.

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