We have moved from The Longest Day to Saving Private Ryan

We have moved from The Longest Day to Saving Private Ryan


There’s a moment in Saving Private Ryan, the 1998 Steven Spielberg gore-fest, when the sergeant, played by Tom Sizemore, tells his captain: “Someday, we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful s***ty mess.”

The one decent thing? What about, you know, defeating Hitler? What about liberating millions from brutal foreign occupation? What about stopping the Holocaust?

American soldiers and supplies arrived on the shore of the French coast of German-occupied Normandy during the Allied D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, in World War II. (AP Photo)

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There was a time when the fact of fighting the Nazis was seen as intrinsically decent. It did not need some

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