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Oliver Stone Pushes Alternative History

By    |   Friday, 06 Dec 2013 12:54 PM

In the concluding presentation of a program on the 50th anniversary of the Assassination of JFK held at Duquesne University by the Wecht Institute for Forensic Science and Law, Hollywood producer Oliver Stone, whose film helped to stir debate over the theories advanced by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, presented his latest project.

Stone has produced a set of 12 blu ray DVDs, plus an accompanying book titled Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States. At the outset, he allowed that the story he offers may have been told, but he asserts that it has not been learned by students who have been brainwashed, in a manner reminiscent of the Soviet system, by the conventional narrative.

Despite Stone's reference to Soviet brainwashing and his later remark that the Russians had 40,000 troops stationed in Cuba, along with a hundred nuclear weapons, during the Cuban missile crisis, his overall thesis, actually a familiar chestnut, is that the United States did not do enough, during and after World War II, to make common cause with the Soviet Union, which he and others who propagate this view contend could have been an ally instead of an enemy if only America had not taken a wrong turn in 1944.

The villain for Stone is President Truman, whom Stone blames for replacing Vice President Henry Wallace and then proceeding to build a "national security state." (A Life magazine story of the time told of the contest that took place behind the scenes over who would be FDR's running mate. The president was in declining health, and the various party factions realized that a great deal was at stake. Several candidates were in the running, and at one point, FDR made the cryptic remark that if he had a vote at the convention, he would vote for Wallace. Truman played a coy strategy, and just as supporters of Wallace prepared to place Wallace's name in nomination, the chairman adjourned the convention. Overnight, Truman became the compromise candidate, backed by anti-communist Jewish labor leaders who were intent on blocking Wallace.)

Stone faults Truman for having an abrupt manner, in contrast to the charm of FDR, which upset Russian diplomats such as Molotov, who hoped to be invited for cocktails. Stone heatedly accuses Truman of unnecessarily dropping atomic bombs on Japan despite what he argues was intelligence intercepts showing that the Japanese would have quit within two weeks.

In an intriguing twist, consistent with his pro-Soviet stance, Stone argues further that the brutal Russian army was closing in on Japan and having executed the Russian royal family, might have done the same in Japan.

The key point for readers is that Stone's campaign marks yet another chapter in the ongoing struggle for the soul of the entertainment community in Hollywood. The battle once raged between hard leftists like Ed Asner and Melvin Douglas and anti-communist conservatives like Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston has refueled and will not wind down anytime soon.

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In the concluding presentation of a program on the 50th anniversary of the Assassination of JFK held at Duquesne University by the Wecht Institute for Forensic Science and Law, Hollywood producer Oliver Stone presented his latest project.
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