Thursday, May 10, 2012
A Remake of Platoon in Print
Fred Lapides links over to an essay at The American Scholar titled Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace, which was written by one Neil Shea, which purports to explain the whys and wherefores of a recent massacre in Afghanistan.
As I read through Shea’s essay, or “Letter From—Spring 2012,” which has just the right amount of innuendo to compel readers to be shocked and outraged at soldiers and airman serving in Afghanistan, I was struck by how similar the good solider and the bad soldier in Shea’s piece resembled the characters Sgt. Barnes, played by Tom Berenger, and Sgt. Elias, played by William Dafoe, in the movie Platoon.
I wonder if Shea received some writing tips from Oliver Stone?