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رسالة لأقباط مصر: حافظوا على عقولكم

رسالة لأقباط مصر: حافظوا على عقولكم
بقلم – رامي يعقوب

من بين القضايا الحساسة والتي يتردد كثير من المحللين في التصدي لها بوضوح، قضية “ثورة 25 يناير والأقباط”، وهل التداعيات والتطورات التي أعقبت الثورة جاءت بمخاطر هددت وضع المصريين الاقباط وجعلتهم يشعرون بمخاوف حقيقية علي مستقبلهم ومستقبل أولادهم وأعمالهم وعلي حقوقهم كمواطنين، مثل حرية العبادة وبناء الكنائس وحرياتهم الخاصة والعامة وحقهم في تولي المناصب في الدولة، وفي المشاركة السياسية وصناعة القرار، هل هذه المخاوف حقيقية ومبررة؟ أم أن هناك مبالغة في تقدير حجم الخطر مما يحتاج لوقفه هادئة مع النفس لمعرفة الأسباب وتعريف الحلول ونزع فتيل الاحتقان؟

إن ثورة ٢٥ يناير قامت في الأساس علي أكتاف المصريين جميعاً وسالت في ميادين مصر دماء مصرية طاهرة لا تعرف التمييز بين مسيحي ومسلم، هل نستطيع أن نفرق بين دم الشيخ عماد عفت ودم مينا دانيال؟

الشيخ عماد عفت

وكان أعظم ما جاءت به الثورة هو كسر حاجز الخوف، خوف المصري المسلم الذي تعرض للبطش والتنكيل والسجن لانتمائه لجماعة الإخوان، وخوف المصري المسيحي علي حياته ومستقبله وكنيسته، وخرج الجميع يطلبون العدل والمساواة ويهتفون للحرية والكرامة…”إرفع راسك فوق إنت مصري” … لا مسيحي ولا مسلم بل مصري فقط.

هذا ا لإنسان المصري هو الذي صنع مجد هذه الثورة وقدم للعالم أعظم نموذج  للإصرار  والسلمية  والوحدة الوطنية .كان المصري المسلم يشعر قبل الثورة أنه ذليل ومطحون والمصري المسيحي يعاني  الإحساس المرير بأنه مواطن من الدرجة  الثانية  . وسؤال في غاية الأهميه يطرح نفسه: هل ستستمر تلك المخاوف في الهيمنه على عقول المصريين أجمعين و تستدرجهم بعيدا عن المعركه الأساسيه؟

إن أجمل ما في العقيدة المسيحية هو قدرة المؤمن علي التحرر من قيود مخاوف هذا العالم، وهذا الإحساس الرائع شعر به ملايين المسيحيين مع المسلمين مشاطرين لحظة نادرة عندماأدرك متظاهرو التحرير و كل ميادين مصرلحظة اللا عوده في منتصف الثمانية عشر يوم، وفي تلك الحظه إتخذو اقراراستكمال وقفتهم ضد الظلم مدركين خطرالموت أوالاعتقال، ولكنهم تغلبواعلى هذا الخوف متوحدين فانتصروا علي الطغيان وأجبروا المخلوع علي الرحيل عن السلطة.

وما أحوج المصريين جميعاً وخاصة الأقباط، في هذه الأيام العصيببة وسط رياح الإقصاء والتطرف والحديث عن تطبيق الحدود والجزية، ووسط محاولات تيار الإسلام السياسي لاحتكار كتابة الدستور، ما أحوجهم إلي قهر الإحساس بالخوف، وأن يعلموا أنهم جزء لا يتجزأ من نسيجهذا الوطن، لأنبقاء المجتمع القبطي في مصر شئغيرمطروح للمناقشة سواء شاءت جماعه أم لم تشاء. وما أحوج الملايين من المصريين الأقباط أن يتحدوا ويتضامنوا مع أشقائهم وشركائهم في الوطن للدفاع عن كل القيم النبيلة التي جاءت بها الثورة، عن المواطنة وعن دولة القانون التي لا تمييز فيها بين البشر علي أساس الدين والجنس والعقيدة واللون أو الانتماء السياسي أو الطبقي.

علينا كأقباط المثول مناصرين للحق والعداله بلا خوف ولا تردد، فاللجوء إلى قمع فصائل سياسية أدلى بنا في الماضي إلى تراكم أفكار رجعيه وعززها تعاطف شعبي مبني على نتائج الطغيان الأعمى. والفر إلى أحضان نظام سابق فشل في ضمان حقوق مواطنيه والمساواه بين طوائفه لن يجدي بفائدة أو تغيير. أيضا الاقتناع بخدعة التيار الاسلامي السياسي والوثوق في ضمانتهم الشفهية عن ترسيخ مبادئ تعددية الدوله المصريه دليل على السذاجةالسياسية. وحتي أن نبدء في تسخير الخوف على مصير الدوله بأسرها وليس فقط على المجتمع القبطي لن نتمكن من حماية الأجيال القادمة من أشباح الماضي ومخاطر الحاضر وكوابيس المستقبل.

الإعتقاد أنه لا يوجد مناصر للأقباط سوى مؤازري الدوله القمعيه ما هو إلا استخفاف بالعقول. فعلى سبيل المثال هناك شخصيات عامه مثل طارق حجي مدافع عن حقوق الأقباط منقبل الثورة، و قاده سياسيون جدد مثل د/محمد أبو الغار و د/ أحمد سعيد، فهم  يصارعون يومياً حفاظاً على تعددية الدولة. و يوجد الكثير من النشطاء الشباب الذين دافعوا عن حقوق الاقباط من  قبل  الثورة مثل الناشط والمدون محمود سالم و أيضا ما بعد قيام الثوره رأينا أمثلة يشهد لها التاريخ مثل الناشط والمدون علاء عبد الفتاح الذى قضى ما يقرب من ثلاثة أشهر ظلماً في السجن بناءًعلى شهادة زور، عقاباً على ما قام به من توثيق لمجزرة ماسبيرو. لقد حان الوقت للأقباط أن يطأوا على الخوف و يدهسوا الرهبة المسيطره على عقولهم وأجواء حايتهم والمثول في مساندة الحق والوقوف ضد الظلم.

كلنا مينا دانيال

في كل تعاملاتي مع المجتمع الثوري، لم أشعر في لحظه أنه هناك فارق أو تصنيف لجنس أو دين مصري على الاطلاق. قد يكون المجتمع المصري الثوري أعمى لتلك المسميات التي يستخدمها المصريون لتفرقة بعضهم البعض، وقد تكون تلك السمه هي التي جعلتني أفتخر بمصريتي من جديد. ذلك العمي الايجابي جعل المجتمع الثوري يدافع عن الاخوان ما قبل الثورة حين كانت جماعة محظورة، و دفع بالنشطاء لتوثيق انتهاكات أجهزة الأمن مع المتظاهرين السلميين، و هو أيضا الذي سيدفعه للدفاع عن أي مظلوم في المستقبل بغض النظر عن هويته أو عرقه أو دياناته.

إذا كانت هناك معركة أساسيه يجب أن يخوضها الأقباط فهي المعركة الكبرى من أجل بناء الدولة المدنية الحديثة،معركة ضد قوى الظلام الجديدة المتحالفة مع أعداء الثورة والساعية لإنتاج نظام أشد شراسة وفساداً من نظام المخلوع، سواء كان ديني أو قمعي. و لكن تلك المعركه الكبرى تتطلب انتصار واضح في المعركه المصيريه الحقيقيه وهى المعركة الروحيه. في تلك المعركة يجب أن يحدث تصالح بين المسيحي و مبادئه ويحدث توافق بين الايمان والأفعال، لأنه قد يكون شهداء ماسبيرو أكثرنا مسيحية لتحررهم من خوف الموت وواقعه، راسخين في مناصرتهم لكلمة الحق الى الأبد.

في بدء الثورة المصرية تناولت شاشات التلفاز وموجات الراديو فزاعات كاذبة ومضللة مشينة للثورة مهددة بانفلات أمني و فوضى في حين التمرد على الحاكم الطاغية. لكم الفخر أنكم الوحيدون اللذين حرقت كنائسكم و دهسوا أبناءكم بمدرعات جيشكم وحرض البعض على اقصائكم وتقاعس وتهاون الكثير من نخبة المجتمع عن الدفاع عن ما تعرضتم له من انتهاكات لصالح مكاسبهم السياسية وما زلتم فخورين ومتمسكين بمصريتكم .

لأول مرة في تاريخ الأقباط يحدث فصل بين القادة السياسيين و الروحانيين لمسحيي مصر و ذلك فضل الثورة 25 يناير. لأول مرة في تاريخ الأقباط تنشأ حركات مستقلة مثل حركة “شباب ماسبيرو” بعيدا عن قيادة الكنيسة منادية بحقوق الأقباط. أرى أمل في الجيل الصاعد للأقباط لادراكهم للحظة الفارقة التي تمر بها مصر، فقد أثبتوا شجاعتهم في كل المظاهرات والاشتباكات مع قوات أمن الطاغية وأثبتوا رؤيتهم و تمردهم السياسي عندما قرروا مساندة حمدين صباحي في الجولة الأولى من الانتخاباتالرئاسية.

مينا دانيال

أرى الأمل في ذلك الجيل لأنه قد انتصر في معركته الروحية وكسر حاجز الخوف وتحرر من شبح الموت.

إن المعركة الأساسية تستحق من جميع المصريين أن يقفوا معاً وقفة رجل واحد، لا مكان هنا للخوف أو الرهبة، ولا مجال للفزع من أشباح وهواجس وهمية. مصر لن تكون أبداً افغانستان أو إيران أو باكستان ، مصر تستحق من أبنائها أن يضعوا نصب أعينهم أهدافاً محددة في هذه المرحلة، وأن يناضلوامن أجل تحقيقها أيا كان من سيأتي لحكم مصر، ومن أهمها توفير الضمانات الكاملة لمدنية الدولة، وتطهير الدولة من بقايا وأعوان النظام الفاسد والمحاكمة العادلة للمسئولين عن كل مذابح ما بعد الثورة والتأكيد على أن القضاء المدني هو المسؤول عن محاكمة ومحاسبة المواطن وليس القضاء العسكري.

هذا كله لا يعني أن المخاوف المطروحه غير مبررة، بل على الاطلاق، لقد ثبتت صحة ومصداقية تلك المخاطرفي تفاصيل كل الأحداث المشينة للوحدة الوطنية، قبل وبعد قيام ثورة الخامس والعشرين من يناير. ولكن الاستسلام في المعركة المصيرية  لضمان سلام دنيوي مؤقت الآن لأن يؤدي إلى خسارة المعركة الكبرى فقط بل سيضمن أيضا خسارة  الإنسان لذاته وهويته. ولذا،فأن النأجزمأنالمخاوف غير مبررة أوأنها مبالغ فيها،ولكن في إمكاني أن أجزم أن تحملها والتخلص من قيوده اطريق لحياة أفضل علىالمدى البعيد.

إن المصريين ما زال أمامهم الطريق طويلاً لاستكمال ثورتهم، وهم لا يملكون رفاهية التراجع أو الخوف من المجهول، ولا بديل أمامهم أقباطاً ومسلمين إلا مواصلة مشوارهم للوصول إلى الوطن الذي حلموا به يوم خرجوا وهتفوا وصلوا معاً من أجله.

عاشت مصر حره و ثورتها مستمره.


In a Nutshell: Why I will NOT vote for these candidates

Since many of you have been asking me who am I going to be voting for in this upcoming presidential elections, my answer has been and still remains that I am one of the millions of undecided voters.  However, with that said, I can confirm that I will neither be boycotting the elections, nor will I be voting for a number of candidates who do not meet my minimum requirements.   Enclosed below a list of candidates I will not be voting for.

A quick note regarding boycotting
There are two types of persons who are boycotting the elections; type A – an individual who cannot find a candidate whom he or she truly supports, and hence the person chooses not to cast a vote.  The second type, type B – a person who boycotts because he or she does not approve of the conditions under which the elections are taking place, namely in our case, the SCAF invasion we live under.

While I can understand the logic behind the rational of type A, and even though I disagree with it, it is more acceptable to me than the irrationality of type B.  The type Bs of this fading republic choose to not vote to “record their positions” for historical purposes, avoiding any sense of realism and negating the realities which the vast portion of the Egyptian population face. Type Bs remind me of pandas in captivity, creatures who are too depressed about their conditions to procreate, to the point that they are going extinct.  Perhaps, there isn’t any scientific evidence that proves that pandas know that they are going extinct, maybe then they would reconsider their baby-making-boycott.  However, we have ample evidence to prove that if we do not stand our grounds in  future elections we will be ran over.

The main problem lies within the Islamic Political Movements (IPMs) of Egypt.  While IPMs now represent an elected majority, it still behaviorally acts (socio-politically) as a minority.  Meaning, what the leadership says, the followers do, to survive and fight outside influence of infidels (liberals, seculars, bastard revolutionary socialists, etc).  This eliminates the self-inflicted-calibration that makes democracies function properly.  Additionally boycotting, if conducted by any non-IPMs only magnifies the unity effect of IPMs.  Basically, without going into much details, if you are boycotting and you belong to any of the Godless-heathens, you might as well go vote for an IPM candidate and save us the pain of the slow-death of a two-round presidential election.

Candidates I will most definitely NOT vote for

For your convienince, a list of all the candidates, along with their electoral symbols, pictures, designated entry numbers, and political party affiliation is enclosed below the list of candidates I will NOT vote for:

Candidate no. 1, Al Hariri – You don’t want it bad enough, I do not even think you are campaigning anymore.

Candidates no. 2, 3, 7: Eissa, Khair Allah & Hossam – Unknown . . . !من أنتم؟ 

Candidate no. 5, Abu Al Fotouh – You are a flip-floper and in-the-closet IPM candidate, who panders to whoever needs be to get votes.  All that aside, you want to shut down Stella.  Out of my cold dead hands! No vote.

Candidate no. 6, Al Bastaweesy – **Little Secret, your base, Al Tagamu Party’s leadership is stiffing you and supporting another candidate**, you are a good man, but if you can’t keep your house in order, you would never get my vote.

Candidate no. 8, El Awah – “Islamic Thinker”, who’s only notable accomplishments are his attempts to discredit Salafi conservatism, no vote

Candidate no. 9, Shafiq – Scores of people died & and many more are permanently injured while he was PM, plus I don’t think that his greatest accomplishment, the Cairo International Airport,  is all that

Candidate no. 10, Sabbahi – Until this morning I was considering you, but, when I woke up this morning I realized how the “revolutionary-peer-pressure” was the only thing making me consider you. You are a Nasserite (cute), a man who praised Al-Qaeda (http://youtu.be/U4rVcEJfkFs), Sadam and Gaddafi . . . and you look like Jay Leno. We just can’t get along

Candidate no. 11, Al Ashaal – A man who had withdrawn to Al Shater of  the MB (http://youtu.be/CzXX-9EJRM4), then later on supported Morsi, also of the MB.  Not worthy of a vote

Candidate number 13, Morsi – Definitely won’t vote for a member the MB. Never liked fraternities, not in college, and definitely not now

اسم المتقدم الحزب السياسى الصورة الرمز
1 أبو العز حسن على الحريري
وشهرته أبو العز الحريرى
حزب التحالف الشعبي الاشتراكي الهرم
2 محمد عبد الفتاح محمد فوزى على عيسى
وشهرته محمد فوزى عيسى
حزب الجيل الديمقراطي كاميرا الفيديو
3 أحمد حسام كمال حامد خير الله
وشهرته حسام خير الله
حزب السلام الديمقراطي السيارة
4 عمرو محمود أبو زيد موسى
وشهرته عمرو موسى
مستقل الشمس
5 عبد المنعم أبو الفتوح عبد الهادى أبو سعد
وشهرته أبو الفتوح
مستقل الحصان
6 هشام محمد عثمان البسطويسي
وشهرته هشام البسطويسى
حزب التجمع الوطني التقدمي الوحدوي ساعة يد
7 محمود حسام الدين محمود جلال
وشهرته محمود حسام
مستقل النجمة
8 محمد سليم العوا
وشهرته محمد سليم العوا
مستقل المظلة
9 أحمد محمد شفيق زكي
وشهرته أحمد شفيق
مستقل السلم
10 حمدين عبد العاطي عبد المقصود صباحي
وشهرته حمدين صباحي
مستقل النسر
11 عبد الله حسن علي الأشعل
وشهرته عبد الله الأشعل
حزب الأصالة البلطة
12 خالد علي عمر علي المحلاوي
وشهرته خالد على
مستقل الشجرة
13 محمد محمد مرسي عيسى العياط
وشهرته محمد مرسي
حزب الحرية والعدالة الميزان

On the Anniversary of the Mansheyet Nasser Killings – في ذكرى أحداث منشآت ناصر

One year ago, at this very exact time, @Sarahngb, @hadytarek and I were wrapping up shooting interviews with victims of military gunfire.  Some of the earliest victims of the violations of the Egyptian military.

As the Christian minority, Copts, in Egypt were, at the time, rallying daily around the Maspero building to protest dismal

Map of Cairo's Districts: The red circle shows the general locations of the incidents

coverage of state controlled media of the discrimination the Coptic community faces in Upper Egypt and elsewhere, the youth of Mansheyet Nasser in El Mokatam area of Cairo, Egypt planned to join the protests.  As they started grouping to head out in small buses to Maspero on March 6, 2011, a fight broke out between them and residents of close by neighborhood.

The fight escalated to the point where the military came in to intervene.  At some point the military starting firing live ammunition that lead to the many deaths and countless injuries.  The video posted in this blog entry is a composition of a few interviews with some of the victims of that incident.  The videos were shot in a disclosed medical facility.  Some of the interviewed were in critical conditions, I never found out what happened to them.  After finishing an interview with one of the injured he made me promise that I carry the message of what happened out to the world.  After trying to deliver the videos to any news agency, CNN took them, but never aired them, and that is when I met @Repent11.

After attempts to translate them into English, but not having the time and failing, I will just repost the video in Arabic.  Feel free, if you have the time and resources to translate them, I can provide more details if needed.

 


Concerning My First Experience Inside Maspero

Two nights ago, on March 7, 2012, I was invited to speak on a live TV show regarding the selection criteria of the Egyptian Constitutional Committee (Link to the law proposal that I was representing), since this is this week’s hot issue at all.  The only problem is, the interview was on the Egyptian Satellite TV Station (الفضائية المصرية), which is part of the Egyptian Radio & Television Union (إتحاد الإذاعة و التلفزيون المصري), broadcasting from within the infamous Maspero building.

For the people who know me, you already know that I have been always a adamant opponent of everything that Maspero as an institution stands for.  Needless to say, I always talked and expressed my views on Maspero and the Egyptian propaganda machine on several occasions, and that is why many people I know were shocked that I accepted to go in there and be interviewed on the program.  Here are my reasons:

Curiosity Killed the Cat

For longest time I/we heard rumors about how Maspero is a maze on the inside, and about the hightened state of security within the building.  Also, we, the people who oppose the malpractices of that institution, are always curious about the humans who work inside.

It can’t be denied, there was a mild feeling of rush in my mind as I walked behind the barbed wire and into the building past the many military soldiers armed.  After entering and through the main gates I was escorted by a clerk though a swipe-card gate, where more military soldiers stood armed.

At the entrance of the studio there was a single military soldier standing guard with an assault rifle.  After the entering through the main doors of the studio, I was escorted to a waiting room. The air conditioning was too excessive (a non-issue obviously).

Waiting room inside Maspero

After a while, writer Nabil Zaky of Al-Tagamu party, came in, and we started chatting a bit.  The salafi MP Talaat Marzouk, also a guest on our show, came in, looked at us with his assistant and walked away, to sit in another section of the waiting room. Whatever.

Until Maspero goes down, we must make use of any chance to say what we have to say through it

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Egyptian State TV institution has such high viewership.  With that said, I still believe that Maspero is the shrine of control over the Egyptian people, and it has to be kept in check if not dismantled, but until this happens, any chance that people who oppose Maspero’s practices get to express their own ideas utilizing its wide reach should be taken advantage of.  It is in my own opinion that @Alaa Abd el Fattah interview on the Egyptian Satellite TV station on January 27, 2012 is one of the gains of the January 25 movement.

Some people might disagree, but I personally think that this is not a revolution against a regime, I am more include to believe that this is a revolution of a generation, which is the majority against the older generation ruling it, the minority.

Here is the full interview (Arabic):


Mansour st. & Mohamed Mahmoud st. Clashes – February 2 & 3 2012

Mansour st. & Mohamed Mahmoud st. Clashes – February 3 2012 (03:30am – 04:45am GMT+2)

Video shot by: @AssemMemon & @RamyYaacoub
February 3, 2012, between the hours of 03:30am – 04:45am (GMT+2)
Downtown Cairo, streets between Tahrir Square & Ministry of Interior
General Location of Events: http://g.co/maps/dx47j

Protesters clash with Egyptian Ministry of Interior security forces (Central Security). These clashes came in the wake of the infamous Port Said Soccer Massacre of February 1, 2012. Protesters took to the streets to express their anger with the failure of the Ministry of Interior to secure the game, even though clashes between fans were expected. The events led to the calls by many protesters for the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to step down and hand power over to a civilian interim or elected president.

Here are some still images from the scene: http://on.fb.me/x9bT6w

Mansour st. & Mohamed Mahmoud st. Clashes – February 2 2012 (09:30pm – 10:45pm GMT+2)

Video shot by: @AssemMemon & @RamyYaacoub
February 2, 2012, between the hours of 09:30pm – 10:45pm (GMT+2)
Downtown Cairo, streets between Tahrir Square & Ministry of Interior
General Location of Events: http://g.co/maps/dx47j

Protesters clash with Egyptian Ministry of Interior security forces (Central Security). These clashes came in the wake of the infamous Port Said Soccer Massacre of February 1, 2012. Protesters took to the streets to express their anger with the failure of the Ministry of Interior to secure the game, even though clashes between fans were expected. The events led to the calls by many protesters for the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to step down and hand power over to a civilian interim or elected president.

 


Top Ten Terrorism Movies of All Time

Googling the subject will yield you many relevant and irrelevant lists.  Fact of the matter is though that most lists out there are meek or sub-par lists.  Even Foreign Policy‘s Thomas E. Ricks, while doing the best job I have found so far, misses a few key terrorism flicks that could have changed the world had the average citizen paid attention.  For sometime I wanted to make my own list and post it, but I wanted to conduct my research with due diligence.  Also, before we examine or compose such list I must identify a working definition for the term Terrorism.

The State Department confirms that there is currently no internationally agreed upon definition of terrorism.  Former U.S. ambassador Anthony Quainton and former Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Deputy Inspector General, pointed out that the task of defining terrorism has been an international challenge for American diplomats for decades.  Instead, US [and world] diplomats have successfully sought to define certain limited actions as acts of terrorism.

Dr. Dorle Hellmuth states that the division regarding a definition is not just an international problem, but a domestic one as well, for example the various agencies directly dealing with terrorism hold different working variations of defining terrorism.

For the purposes of this work, I will use the working definition used by Dr. Bard O’Neill & Dr. Dorle Hellmuth.  Terrorism will be defined as “premeditated threat or use of physical coercion against non-combatants or civilians to create fear in order to achieve various long and short-term political objectives.” By implication, the use of the word terrorist(s) will be used in reference to individuals associated with the aforementioned definition of terrorism.

As for the cinematographic depiction of terrorist and terrorism, many actors, directors and screen writers have attempted to portray the psyche, the complex agendas and goals of such manic individuals, yet most failed.  Movies like Paradise Now and Syriana did not make the cut.  Movies like The Rock and The Jackal did not make the cut because of their excessive, unrealistic action scenes and the fact that that terrorism is the backdrop to some action-packed plot.

Continuing, Orwellian flicks like Brazil or V for Vendetta would never make my cut because, simply . . . well, Orwell is not my cup of tea.  Flicks like The Guns of NavaroneInglorious Bastards or better yet, Flame & Citron did not make the list because even though both Flame and Citron terrorized the Nazi sympathizers, they were still fighting Nazis.  That is my bias, and I do not consider that terrorism, I consider it good will via gunpowder.

Other notable terrorism movies have not been included for poor execution and finishing, such as United 93 & Traitor.  Others, such as The Sum of All Fears, were not included because the story lines are way too silly, yeah Nazis are behind the nuclear Holocaust . . . sure, moving on. Finally, I screened World Trade Center, after all how could I not consider the one movie that focused on the ONE terror event that shook the entire world.  However, here is why this flick fails: 1. The movie focuses on the fire fighters, while their sacrifices are immeasurable, lets face it, a hero was needed and they were made one, the creation of heroes for public gratification always concerns me.  Idolizing firefighters was a low move.  2. This is an Oliver Stone movie, and once again, Stone is most definitely not my cup of tea, and apparently I am not the only one who “dislike” Oliver Stone.

Now that I am done ranting, introducing my list and watching every single flick again, without further ado here is The Top Ten Terrorism Movies List:

X: Team America: World Police

No.  This list is NOT a joke.  If it wasn’t for this movie, True Lies would have made the cut.

Even though I am starting this list with the best terrorism satire ever, this movie must be given the respect it deserves.  The creators of South Park where behind this epic masterpiece and unlike any other terror flick, no side is spared the mockery. Starting with Michigan-guilty-white-man Michale Moore double fisting hotdogs and suicide bombing America’s home base, to Kim Jong Il’s confrontation with the UN representative, Team America rips the hole-less wide & loose holes.

When all else fails, just remember that freedom ain’t free.  Freedom costs a buck o’five!  Also, that Cairo is, in fact, in Egypt.  If you watched the movie you would understand, you additionally would have witnessed the best full-feature sex scene of all time.

The only two reasons that Team America lands in the number ten slot and not any higher is, the fact that it is a puppet show, and that it is a comedy.  Had they brought in the real Matt Damon to make fun of Matt Damon, this might have been Oscar worthy!

Team America nails the social critique regarding the effects of neo-terrorism pertaining to societal changes in the United States and the world.  Watch it if you haven’t, you will be a better person because of it!

IX: The Dark Knight

Breaking news: not all terrorists are bearded and scream “Durka Durka, Ali Jihad” before blowing themselves up (even though those are the ones who concern me).

Some, even though not all, terrorists are manic, narcissistic lunatics, hell bent on reshaping the world.  Granted this superb flick is still a comic flick, but Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker gave chills to most viewers.  Contrary to previous Joker performances, where the previous Jokers (real, animated and comic) have been concerned with destroying Batman while gaining wealth and power, this Joker had an agenda; chaos and anarchy.  Additionally, he utilized the basic tools of terror to advance his goals, promoting him from a notable comic villain to Gotham’s most notorious terrorist.

We also see how “frustration” and defeat lead some to switching sides and employing strong-arming methods.  The birth of Two-Face out of Gotham’s White knight, Harvey Dent.  If you liked the Dark Knight, rewatch it with the terrorism critique lens, you will see it in such a different light!

VIII: The Peacemaker

Watching this movie for the first time might leave you thinking  ”ok here is another movie where George Clooney plays himself”, Hollywood’s best act-less-actor.  The movie itself is a solid B in execution, the attention to details is not all that, and the acting is bland, considering Clooney’s attempts to be a renegade colonel who will stop at nothing to feed the audience bad acting.

In this flick, two trains crash somewhere in Russia, one carrying nuclear warheads.  One of the war heads get lost/stolen and, guess what, they start using the term Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) so liberally, like it is going out of style.  Gosh, I miss those days when WMD was NOT a dirty word!

This movie made the list because the general plot is more than plausible, in fact such scenario keeps terrorism experts awake at night.  Lets all pray (or what ever else you do) that this does not happen!  Sadly though, with folks like A.Q. Khan, the former USSR’s loose nukes, and the determination of bearded loonies, WMDs represent a grave danger to us, the people who value what ever those villians deem blasphemous.

VII: Munich

After Black September‘s assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays an ultra-top secret operation to hunt down and kill all involved.  A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad officer, son of an Israeli war hero.  It’s an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon.

The execution of this flick is superior, after all it is a Spielberg movie.  This movie is great because it shows us two important aspects about modern terrorism: 1. Terrorism, unfortunately works, or worked to some extent. 2. Terrorism, decades prior to 9/11/2001, was a “touchy” issue to deal with. 3. There are many ways to deal with terrorism, the way portrayed in this movie is savage, vengeful and leaves everyone involved hollow on the inside.

The question though, isn’t this the best way to deal with it?!  Definitely worth watching a couple of times, specially for the last scene.  It slaps me across the face every time I watch it.

VI: Fight Club

Beware of any man who sells soap!  The genius of this movie was recognized by many critics and movie viewers alike, it is a cult classic, a box office hit and a masterpiece of its time.  The recognition however came for its originality and the fact that most of us can relate to the frustrations of the main character(s).  It is rarely praised for the fact that it portrays the journey of an average man towards eminent terrorism to advance his social/political goals.

The movie might not show much of the terrorism activity that we, the viewers, are inclined to assume continues after the final scene, but the movie surly shows the world the workings of the generic radicalization process.

The inner voice that tells you what you will do with mass-destruction is justified, is needed and is inevitable.  Some find it in the fine lines of scripture, others in the bad-ass Brad Pitt.

V:  Patriot Games

How could such list be complete without a movie about the IRA and the Irish struggle?  Many movies were made about the Irish struggle for independence, unfortunately, in my opinion, not one of them has completely conveyed the struggle.

Perhaps Michael Collins has, but then I couldn’t consider it for this list, the reason being is the fine line between the struggle for independence using violent methods and the application of terror tactics, Michael Collins was an Irish leader, I personally cannot dub him a terrorist.  Many terrorism experts refrain from labeling him one as well.

Enough about Collins.  Patriot Games captures Irish terrorism with a Tom Clancy touch.  It helps that Hans Solo is at the helm with the man behind Darth Vader‘s voice lining the background of this flick.  Perhaps unrealistic and more focused on the twists and turns in the plot, but Patriot Games offers an original and cool outlook on terror.

IV: Double Feature —  Body of LiesThe Kingdom

This double feature of excellent attempts to explain the US and Arab World intelligence agencies’ relations, though it might have failed at delivering the intricacies of such relations to the common viewer, it has certainly captured the attention of the knowledgeable one.

Body of Lies might have many unrealistic moments, just remember, these are “movies” after all.  The movie however earns its spot in the top ten for its strong attempt to explain the relationship between the US & Jordanian (Arab representation) intelligence.  Also, the movie portrays many counter-terrorism generic personalities.  Hani Pasha clearly stands out, and if you know anything about intelligence figures in the Middle East, you will see a little bit of Hani Pasha in many of those folks in the sandbox.

The Kingdom, in my opinion is a bit more realistic.  The movie takes place mostly in Saudi Arabia, following a joint US (FBI) – Saudi (Police) team that is investigating an explosio in an ex-pat compound in Saudi Arabia.  The movie was great in showing some of the Saudi internal dealings with such issues, the problems between the different security branches of the Saudi government, and the cultural/working relations issues between Americans and Saudis.  

Saudi Colonel Ghazy stands out in the crowd, he definitely portrays another type of Arab defender of freedom, a very unique one.  Worth the watch if you have not yet.

Come to think of it, I would give The Kingdom the fourth rank, and Body of Lies would get 4.5.

III: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Why? Because it depicts such a unique type of modern terrorism, and the trailer says it all.  It is also one of the few movies that portray real historical scenes as factually as possible, see for your self, the pictures from the real trials of Baader & Ensslin and the dramatized silver screen adaptation.

If The Weathermen Underground was not a documentary, it would have probably replaced this one in the ranking.  What an interesting, short lived phase in the history of terrorism, Red Army and anarchist movements were spurting out all over the globe.  The Baader Meinhof Complex portrays that era well.

It only could have been better if it was less German.  That is all I have to say about this flick.  It is so interesting and many will find it educational, because this part of history has been buried so deep because no one wants to remember it.

II: The Battle of Algiers

This movie could have been easily in the number one spot.  Even though it is in French and about Algeria, the movie is so damn good that I have to give it this ranking.  It is only second to the first, which you will read about shortly, because this one accounts history, while the other does not, it foretells the future! No rush we’ll get to that shortly.

The Battle of Algiers tells of the gruesome struggle between the French and the Algerians.  To the movie’s credit, it does not utilize a single shot of documentary/news footage, the crowd/extra control and management is phenomenal.  The movie was banned in France in 1965 (that fact bumped its ranking up one point).  It was screened by the Pentagon in 2003 in the midst of the efforts of planning for Stabilization & Reconstruction (S&R) in Counter Insurgency (COIN) operations, and rightfully so.  The movie gives a detailed account of Algerian terrorism, and the failed French response.

I: The Siege

The movie that eloquently predicted the events of September 11, 2001 and got erased from the history of cinema.  It was the first DVD I ever bought, in fact I bought it on DVD before I owned a DVD player, this was in September of 1999, creepy I know!  Even though I had no prior knowledge of the movie, the trailer caught my attention and boy was it worth every cent I paid for it!

This movie gets the crown for so many reasons, and even though I love seeing NYC under martial law and thrown off its arrogant-beat by the federal government, this is not one of the reasons why this movie is great.  As you have probably already concluded from the previous nine reviews, I am judging the movies based on their realism, creativity, acting, setting, etc.

The Siege gets full marks for the depiction of the terrorist cells that were the model in conducting the horrific events of September 11.  This flick depicts America pre and post a huge terrorism plot in the big apple, I sincerely consider it a warning shot for our conscience, at least those of us who saw it before we saw the real tragedy happen.  Thank God the government did not go as far as the government in the movie did.  It could have happened though.

Great plot, and great execution.  The best thing about this movie is how it portrays the development of fear as the attacks escalate.  The relations between cell informants and agents who are way too deep in the Intel community is also notable in this flick.  Watch it if you have not yet, and when you are watching, remember that it was made over two years prior to 9/11/2001.