Egypt’s Islamist President Rambles on about Foreign Policy Lessons from “Planet of the Apes” in Interview with “Time”
The new Islamist President of Egypt – Mohamed Morsi – who just granted himself dictatorial powers, has rambled on about the movie “The Planet of the Apes” in an interview he did with Time Magazine:
TIME: . . . . We can cooperate, we can integrate. As much as we can. How can we do that? I think leaders in the world have a great responsibility in this. Human beings can live together.
I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. There is new one. Which is different. Not so good. It’s not expressing the reality as it was the first one. But at the end, I still remember, this is the conclusion: When the big monkey, he was head of the supreme court I think — in the movie! — and there was a big scientist working for him, cleaning things, has been chained there. And it was the planet of the apes after the destructive act of a big war, and atomic bombs and whatever in the movie. And the scientists was asking him to do something, this was 30 years ago: “Don’t forget you are a monkey.” He tells him, “don’t ask me about this dirty work,.” What did the big ape, the monkey say? He said, “you’re human, you did it [to] yourself. “That’s the conclusion. Can we do something better for ourselves?
I saw it 30 years ago. That is the role of the art. This is the very important role of art. Gone with the Wind has been treating social problems. Five in Hell. That was the Arabic title. Five Americans working behind German lines and they were using primitive military devices. I think it was Charles Bronson or something like that. My hard disk still carries a few things! . . . Read More
Quick, somebody show Morsi “The Best Years of Our Lives,” maybe it will make him into a pro-American liberal.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 29, 2012