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Is “American Sniper” A Biopic Or Anti-Islamic State Propaganda?

Hollywood, California – A lot of controversy surrounds the release of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper”, which stars Bradley Cooper as former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The movie shows some of the personal drama surrounding Chris Kyle’s life, which mirrors that of many US servicemen and servicewomen who are required to serve overseas for extended periods of time. What makes some people wonder the motives behind the film, is that some of the claims made by Chris Kyle have come under speculation, and the sniping of over 100 Muslim soldiers is being taken by some as anti-Islamic state propaganda.

Is “American Sniper” A Biopic Or Anti-Islamic State Propaganda?

Chris Kyle at a book signing

The movie “American Sniper” claimed the title of most successful January box office release in history. (Image from Wikipedia)

Chris Kyle, as a US Navy SEAL, was the most lethal sniper in US history according to official figures. He was deployed in many strategic roles over his years as a SEAL, and was extremely accurate behind the rifle. Despite being a sanctioned killer, he had a humanitarian side back home. Kyle worked with veterans in the US to help them cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which he likely suffered some effects from as well.

It was almost 2 full years ago when Chris Kyle and his friend were shot and killed by another fellow soldier they were working to help. Kyle was shot and killed in cold blood by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Routh now stands trial to face the Death Penalty in Texas for the premeditated murder of the two fellow soldiers.

He may go down in history as the most lethal and accurate sniper in US history, but the film about his life is sparking outrage and debate among different ethnic and religious groups as well as Hollywood stars. Some anti-war celebrities have spoken out publicly about the glamorization given to Kyle and his record kills. This form of glory is taken by some to be promoting a sense of anti-Islamic sentiment across the country.

Is “American Sniper” A Biopic Or Anti-Islamic State Propaganda?

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