Oliver Stone skal lage film om Adolf Hitler og Josef Stalin og kommer med en rekke kontroversielle uttalelser om jødisk mediemakt og faktorene som «skapte» Hitler. Det er pinlig lesning.
Stone har selvsagt studert perioden han skal lage film om, og det har gitt ham aha-opplevelser han gjerne vil dele med andre. Han har nok også visse forutinntatte meninger som får ham til å dra slutninger, bla. om hvorfor Holocaust er så stort tema i USA.
«There’s a major lobby in the United States,» Stone said, adding that «they are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.»
The famed Hollywood director of such films as Platoon and JFK, also said that while «Hitler was a Frankenstein,» there was also a «Dr Frankenstein.»
«German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support,» Stone told the Sunday Times, adding that «Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].»
Referring to the alleged influence of the powerful Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy, Stone said that Israel had distorted «United States foreign policy for years,» adding he felt U.S. policy toward Iran was «horrible.»
«Iran isn’t necessarily the good guy,» Stone said, insisting that Americans did not «know the full story.»
Stone’s comments to the Sunday times echo pervious remarks by the Hollywood director, regarding what he conceives as the distorted view of figures such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin in U.S. media.
Earlier this year, Stone, speaking at the at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena said that «Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply.»
«He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between World War I and World War II, Stone said adding that through his documentary work he has been able to «walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view.»
«We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated,» Stone said.
Det som forbauser og overrasker er med hvilken letthet slike synspunkter serveres, som om de var gangbare. Er de ved å bli det?