The boss is all over it. As is Bryan, who’s 100% right about what the real “tell” in this movie is — not the assassination itself, which doubtless is standard nutroots fantasy fare, but the fact that a Syrian man supposedly ends up being framed for it. It’s Truther allegory. Five will get you ten that the film ends with the Syrian guy in the electric chair, telling the executioner, “Let’s roll.”

Read Bryan’s post. He’s got essential background.

It should be noted that only very rarely does an allusion to assassinating the Bushitler work its way into the public discourse here. And when it does it’s always veiled, e.g., the Times praying for an “act of God” to deliver us from evil. The UK is more up front about these things: witness the Guardian publishing a columnist’s appeal for a modern-day Lee Harvey Oswald one week before the 2004 election, the BBC terror “comedy” showing Tony Blair’s corpse with a hole in its head, and of course George “A Hero For Our Time” Galloway’s contention that a suicide bomber would be morally justified in blowing Blair to pieces.

I wonder what explains the difference. Maybe MI5 isn’t as vigorous as “following up” on assassination rhetoric as the Secret Service is. It’d be a fun experiment to have the Service suspend prosecutions for that offense for, say, a week, though; just declare open season on calls to kill Bush, with a promise of immunity to anyone who violates the law within the set time period. Imagine what the Internet would look like. At DU they’d be debating what caliber bullet to use.

Here’s the thing: if they really do believe Bush is a monster worthy of assassination — and some of them surely do — how can they stand it? Here’s Kathy Shaidle by way of Mark Steyn:

I wonder if the nuts even believe what they are saying. Because if something like 9/11 happened in Canada, and I believed with all my heart that, say, Stephen Harper was involved, I don’t think I could still live here. I’m not sure I could stop myself from running screaming to another country. How can you believe that your President killed 2,000 people, and in between bitching about this, just carry on buying your vente latte and so forth?

If you think Bush is Hitler, how the hell do you not take a shot at him? Or is the Bush-hate, as I suspect, simply “burlesque”?

Update: More Shaidle, this time on the film’s likely reception in Toronto:

I can absolutely guarantee that the audience will burst into wild applause during the assassination scene. I know, because many of my liberal “September 10th (former) friends”, as I call them five years on, are Festival hags who book their vacations around the Festival. And I know how their tiny minds work.

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