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'Reagan's War' Film Shows Reagan Relevant to War on Terror

Tuesday, 19 October 2004 12:00 AM

Specifically, Reagan stared down the communist threat by maintaining a single line of thought — that a well-prepared, well-armed nation was in a better position to negotiate a lasting peace and not appear weak, all the while putting potential enemies on notice that the United States of America was ready, willing and able to defend itself should the need arise.

Fortunately, the need never materialized. But that's in large part due to Reagan.

Because of his constant show of strength instead of weakness, the USSR eventually spent itself into oblivion trying to keep up with U.S. military and technological advantages.

In the end, the effort proved too much for Moscow; the USSR collapsed, along with the threat to peace and freedom it posed.

All of this story – one the major media have just glossed over - is featured in “In the Face of Evil.”

The film is "a man and nation’s journey through the heart of darkness — and what that journey means for us today," say filmmakers Stephen K. Bannon, Peter Schweizer, Timothy J. Watkins and Julia Jones.

The motion picture is less a biography of Reagan, they say, and more of "a hard-hitting look at leadership and moral courage."

The film highlights Reagan's refusal to allow Hollywood to be overrun and abducted by Soviet-sponsored apparatchiks, thereby handing over the most powerful medium in the world to Communist sympathizers and propagandists.

It demonstrates how Reagan built on that early success formula of no compromise, no appeasement, with evil, to go on to win support and elected office in the largest state in the union, California, and eventually the presidency of the United States.

Says a description at the film's Website, "More than a traditional war film, In the Face of Evil plays out on an epic scale... from the back-lots of Hollywood, to the jungles of Central America; from the mountains of Afghanistan, to the palaces of the Kremlin; to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of a divided Berlin."

During the 20th century there were two world wars. There was the rise of Hitler and Nazism, of Mussolini and Fascism, of Tojo and Japanese Imperialism, and the Cold War "battles" of Korea and Vietnam.

The main threat remained Soviet-inspired Communism, and although Red China was and is a Communist nation, the biggest threats came from Moscow, the film notes. In all, these conflicts and totalitarian regimes claimed the lives of 150 million people.

But the film's producers, directors and writers also note their creation is timely, as the world now begins to face down the 21st century threat of Islamic fascism and the global terrorism it is breeding.

They believe the film can inspire leaders to emulate Reagan's courage, honor and commitment to fight evil.

"With the world mired in the beginnings of a new global conflict, In the Face of Evil is more relevant today than ever... As the 21st century’s great conflict between freedom and Islamic Fascism takes shape ... the words and deeds of Ronald Reagan provide an invaluable lesson for how the U.S., and the free world, must combat the forces of Evil... if we are to survive," says the production team.

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