“An American Sniper” from Clint Eastwood – The Final Dilemma

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“An American Sniper” from Clint Eastwood –

The Final Dilemma


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“An American Sniper” from Clint Eastwood –

The Final Dilemma


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Not a War Film, But an End of War Film

The Dilemma

War, after at least five thousand years of organized warfare among nations of people, is no longer necessary.

Perpetrated? Yes.

But necessary to secure food or water or access to health and life saving technology?


Chris Kyle does what the film clearly and from the beginning demonstrates: aims to find ways to protect the sheep from wolves. The innocent from predators.

To help.

But even he eventually realizes there is no winner in the war in the film.

There is no will to win, to end war.

It is endless.

His dilemma was to find another way to help.

The irony of course is, he was killed at home on American soil by a worse victim than himself was of that same endless war.

The endless war is not the Iraq War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, World War II or I. It’s not the wars Germany and France fought for centuries. Or any other country has fought over any given time.

The endless war was a war for survival against scarcity.

Scarcity is no longer a reality.

The war is now against our own perceptions.


Still, Yes, Chris Kyle was an American Hero


Because he was willing to believe he did what he did in the best interest of his family, his friends, and his country.

And if we were fighting door to door in Chicago or Houston or Dallas or New York or any other location big or small in this country, we would want him to be there, beside us, helping protect us.

And he would want to. And he would.

He was also willing and able to listen to an alternative to ways to help.

And died implementing and living that alternative.

That, is an American Hero.


Clint Eastwood

Consistent. True. Believable.

I don’t think I can say any more than that.



I had, as I wrote my first thriller, “One Night in the Hill Country” – already decided I would speak the ambiguities within myself in my fiction. I believe, based on the responses in my reviews I’ve begun to accomplish that.

My intention, in regard to films like An American Sniper, is to continue to do films like it proud, within whatever my small scope in life is.

And demonstrate it via fiction.

Because within each life, sometimes that’s as big as it ever needs to get.


namaste´- con dios – god be with you


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