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Article posted Jan 26 2010, 6:49 PM Category: History Source: Canadian Press Print

Oscar-winning US filmmaker Oliver Stone says Adolf Hitler was 'enabled by Western bankers'

By Michael Casey

BANGKOK, Thailand Adolf Hitler was a psychopath and a monster but rose to power thanks to big business leaders and other supporters who appreciated his vow to destroy communism and control workers, Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone said Monday.

Stone, who is working on a 10-part documentary on the 20th century titled "The Secret History of the United States," said the German dictator was "enabled by Western bankers" and managed to "seduce" Germany's military industrial complex.

"Hitler is a monster. There is no question. I have no empathy for Hitler at all. He was a crazy psychopath," Stone told reporters in the Thai capital. "But like Frankenstein was a monster, there was a Dr. Frankenstein. He is product of his era."

Stone was in Bangkok to give a lecture to high school students on the role of film in peace-building as part of a visit organized by the Vienna-based International Peace Foundation.

He said the aim of his documentary, which two historians are helping him with, was to offer a fuller understanding of the 20th century and how some of those lessons may be relevant to President Barack Obama in 2010.

"What has America become? How can we in America not learn from Germany in the 1930s," the Oscar-winning director asked.

Earlier in the day, Stone told about 300 students that his 1991 movie "JFK," was his most controversial to date and that the United States remains in denial over the possibility that someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald could have assassinated John F. Kennedy.

Stone said exploring alternative theories over the JFK assassination remains too sensitive for those in the media or academia who "would be endangering their careers and their position."

"To this day, many key Americans in power are in total denial about this story," Stone said. "They don't even want to know about the possibility that he was killed by someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald. It is a national fairy tale."

"JFK" ridicules the Warren Commission's conclusion that Oswald acted alone and suggests a massive conspiracy.

Stone's film centred on a theory by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison that a CIA-led mutiny killed the president and the plotters walked away unscathed. Garrison's theories went to court in 1967, but Clay Shaw, the alleged "evil genius" behind the assassination, was acquitted.

Stone said Monday he thought it was "a good thing" to revisit the JFK assassination. But he came under fire from the historians and film reviewers who contended Stone had fudged facts, invented characters and elevated speculation to truth to support his burning belief that the killing was a high-level government conspiracy.

"It's an amazing story and I did it," Stone said. "I thought I would be respected for it, and I was lambasted in the establishment press. I was called a myth-maker, a propagandist. I didn't see it coming. I thought the Kennedy murder was safe."

Stone is famous for several other movies, including the Vietnam War films "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Platoon," which won four Oscars, including best picture and best director.

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Posted: Jan 28 2010, 10:46 AM

72158 This is interesting...I just watched "JFK" this past weekend. Unless the Zapruder film was "doctored" by Stone, which is unlikely, there is no way, based on the evidence provided in the film, that Oswald did the shooting (I have often wondered, after watching "Conspiracy Theory" what was meant by the statement that Stone was a "disinformation junkie" for the establishment...after watching "JFK" again - since I first saw it in theatres - I have an idea).
The most telling scene is where Garrison and "Mr. X" are talking in D.C. Mr. X (Donald Sutherland) says that the assassination was pure "blackops" - a fool would not believe this to be so. Shown are scenes of top military brass and LBJ complaining about JFK's policies, etc. Speculation on Stone's part, but possible. What he doesn't tell is who is "behind" these men. Now, the interesting part is that during that scene with Mr. X, the Washington Monument (we know who built that, right?) is conspicuously in the background. There are three possibilities here: pure coincidence, Stone IS telling us who is "behind" it and he is afraid, or perhaps not, or THEY are telling us who is behind it and THEY are flaunting it in our faces.
Is it "disinformation" because he is not telling us? They did not tell us in "Conspiracy Theory" who is behind it all either...the main "bad guy" was a former CIA man gone rogue...this is interesting because the movie was a Warner Bros. film and Time-Warner is CIA, or so I've read...

Posted: Jan 28 2010, 10:59 AM

72158 Another thought....the Left always uses Hitler as their poster-boy for evil rarely, if never, mention Stalin or Pol Pot...curious at best...

Posted: Feb 22 2010, 10:44 AM

121127 Whilst Stone correctly claims Hitler was brought into power by Western financiers, he completely ignores the nature of communism, and that the same international bankers supported the communists.

Communism was never the movement of the downtrodden common worker in the first place. Only an idiot could believe that after over 100 million people have been murdered by their own government under communist regimes. Super-rich plutocrats and elite intellectuals have always supported communism because it's a perfectly crafted ideology for controlling other people's wealth and consolidating power.

The reason why Western financiers decided to support Hitler is because they considered Stalin a loose cannon, and he was obtaining too much power for himself and would be difficult to control. War between Germany and the Soviet Union would also be extremely profitable, and also break down resistance to world government afterwards.

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