Goebbels would be proud. Syriana is a masterpiece of expository propaganda, and I have no doubt that it will be used as the proof text of American foreign policy in every mosque around the world. While Michael Moore’s films are over the top, and so obviously subjective, this film will have a longer half-life because it is fiction that will be taken as truth by those who “just know it’s true”. A ‘Book of Goldstein’ (from the book 1984), if you will.
The film is careful to avoid any Jewish stereotypes, lest audiences get distracted from despising the Oil Companies, Emirs, Bankers, Lawyers, Lawmakers, and the CIA. Muslim terrorists are excused, and eventually glorified, as victims of the conspiracy of the aforementioned parties.
An especially ironic moment, a Saudi Imam is feeding some poor hungry workers, and preaching to them. He tells them their problems, and the world’s, are caused by the West, Free Trade, emirs, and those that support them. Ironically, this also happens to be the message of this film.
The imam also does not mention Jews, which proves that this film is a complete fantasy.
Another ironic moment comes at the end of the film. Our CIA hero dashes off to warn a prominent Saudi about plans to assassinate him (at the behest of Oil Companies, of course). In the process of warning him, by stopping his motorcade, he has unwittingly aided the perpetrators by turning a moving target into a stationary one. Duh.
Leave it to a liberal to think that they’re helping when they’re actually making things harder. But it’s the thought that counts, right?