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Michael Moore: Military Snipers Are 'Cowards,' Not Heroes

By    |   Monday, 19 January 2015 07:05 AM

Michael Moore took a Twitter potshot at the acclaim being heaped on Clint Eastwood's film "American Sniper," tweeting that snipers are cowards not heroes, The Daily Mail reported.

"American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper, is based on the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a special forces sharpshooter who was credited with 160 confirmed kills — reportedly the most in U.S. military history.

Kyle believed he actually took down 255 enemy combatants.

Moore, a left-wing populist filmmaker, tweeted to his 1.79 million followers: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."

Eastwood's movie has won both popular and critical acclaim, being nominated for six Oscars.

The liberal New York Times gave the film a generally sympathetic review, placing it in the context of "Eastwood's commitment to the themes of vengeance and justice in a fallen world."

Moore made millions on his own films, including Fahrenheit 9/11 which portrayed the George W. Bush administration as having manipulated the aftermath of the 9/11 Islamist attacks on the U.S. to further its greed-driven agenda for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kyle's actions are believed to have saved the lives of hundreds of U.S. service members, according to the Mail.

The film is broadly based on Kyle's bestselling 2012 autobiography, which is also the story of the trauma he suffered as a result of the war in Iraq.

In February 2013, Kyle was shot to death in Texas by Eddie Ray Routh, a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress whom Kyle had befriended. Thousands of people attended the funeral, the Times reported.

Moore's Oscar-winning 2002 documentary, "Bowling For Columbine," was a depiction of gun violence in America and part of his ongoing campaign against firearms.

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Michael Moore took a Twitter potshot at the acclaim being heaped on Clint Eastwood's film "American Sniper," tweeting that snipers are cowards not heroes, The Daily Mail reported.
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