What America needs now
September 16, 2001 3:58 PM   Subscribe

What America needs now is ... Rambo! Fighting off the Russians, shoulder to shoulder with the Mujahedeen in Afghanist...fighting the...against...oh hell.
posted by argybarg (10 comments total)
Great. Just when I was hoping that Stallones' career was finally over. I wouldn't be surprised if they give the flabby midget a machine gun for one more sequel. Will this horror never end?
posted by Optamystic at 4:09 PM on September 16, 2001

James Bond fought alongside the Mujahedeen, too.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:36 PM on September 16, 2001

Bloody hell - trained by the CIA, Rambo and James Bond on their side?? I wouldn't want to mess..
posted by Mossy at 4:42 PM on September 16, 2001

Let's not just post links to everything that comes into our heads, ok?
posted by jpoulos at 5:16 PM on September 16, 2001

"Mr. Stallone’s previous Rambo movies are popular among Afghan guerrillas, who admire his miraculous ability to kill the enemy and destroy everything in sight."

This from a 1988 Washington Times article. So those Afghan guerillas who grew up in the 80's just might be Stallone fans. I rented Rambo III about two weeks ago, and I clearly remember some text at the very end which dedicated the film to the "gallant people of Afghanistan" or something similar.
posted by Humberto at 5:27 PM on September 16, 2001

Wow, jpoulos. I thought many might like to remember that, scarcely 13 years ago, Afghanistan was the playground for our collective conscious' war against the Russians -- so much so that Osama bin Laden could have been cast as a valiant co-fighter with Rambo.

So sorry, though, to have used up your bandwidth.
posted by argybarg at 5:34 PM on September 16, 2001

It's not my bandwidth, but it's not yours either.
posted by jpoulos at 5:37 PM on September 16, 2001

I don't mean to pick on you, argybarg, but there have been more and more (IMO) frivilous links here recently. Yours (again, IMO) seemed to be one of the biggest offenders. Take that for what it's worth.
posted by jpoulos at 5:40 PM on September 16, 2001

Frivolous? Seemed like a pretty straightforward demonstration of the way the public perception of a group of the Afghan guerillas has changed due to external political changes, and as such was pretty interesting.

Then again, the link might have seemed frivolous if I had already known about the movie.

posted by Mars Saxman at 5:55 PM on September 16, 2001

Upon further review....

Argy: Perhaps I did overreact a bit, and calling you out in public wasn't called for. Aside from all the stress of the events last week, I've been increasingly frustrated at some of the crap that's showing up on the front page of MeFi. Yours wasn't nearly the worst, it just came at a bad time.

I suppose if I have any worthwhile criticism it's not so much with the topic you were trying to address, but how you addressed it. I think I reacted to links to Rambo plot summaries, without considering what you were trying to convey with them.
posted by jpoulos at 8:31 PM on September 16, 2001

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