However, this reminds me of the pivotal scene in "The Bedford Incident" (1965). Richard Widmark plays a dictatorial, trigger-happy Captain of a US Navy destroyer, the USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier plays a reporter for NEWSWEEK, who has volunteered to cover Widmark's mission off the coast of Greenland. Also on board Widmark's destroyer is a NATO Commodore, a former World War II Navy Captain. Widmark's Weapons Officer (played by James MacArthur) is an inexperienced "eager beaver). When Widmark discovers a Soviet diesel submarine inside Greenland's territorial waters, he calls "General Quarters," and for the next 24 straight hours plays "cat and mouse" with the Soviet submarine. He places so much pressure on his sonar operator (Wally Cox), Cox has a nervous breakdown. Widmark then browbeats the ship's doctor into declaring Cox fit for duty. At one point, the Commodore finally tells Widmark, "I think you are frightening". However, the Commodore does not relieve Widmark and the ship's doctor is too afraid to declare Widmark unfit for duty. At the midpoint of the film, Poitier tries to warn the ship's officer that they need to relieve Widmark, but all are too intimidated to act. At the 24 hour point, which is first light, Windmark briefly loses track of the submarine. However, when the submarine surfaces OUTSIDE Greenland's territorial waters just far enough to replenish the air for the diesel generators, Widmark deliberately creates a wake, nearly flooding the sub's snorkel. Widmark then transmits a radio message to the submarine ordering it to surface and lying, saying that it is still within Greenland's territorial waters. To show he serious, Widmark orders MacArthur, the Weapons Officer, to "Arm Number One ASROC," (a missile launched depth charge) and MacArthur complies. Poitier and the Commodore confront Widmark, warning him of his rashness. Widmark reassures them that he will not fire first. "However," Widmark says, "If they fire one, we'll fire one." "FIRE ONE," MacArthur responds and the ASROC launches and deploys by parachute to destroy the submarine. However, as soon as the ASROC hits the surface, the Soviet submarine fires four nuclear-tipped torpedoes at the USS Bedford. Widmark momentarily freezes, then walks Zombie-like toward the fantail of the ship, with Poitier quickly in pursuit, as the Soviet sub is destroyed. Poitier says, "Surely you have electronics warfare equipment to..." and stops mid-sentence at the look of guilt and horror on Widmark's face as he turns toward Poitier. All four nuclear-tipped torpedoes strike home and the USS Bedford vaporizes in a huge mushroom-shaped cloud.
While Americans have been waiting for "the right moment," for "provocation from the government" for "a political solution," they have totally ignored our history. It the "Trail of Tears," "The Burning of the South," the "Wounded Knee Massacre," the massacres in the Phillipines," the fate of the "Bonus Army," the internment of Japanese Americans, the mass murder of German P.O.W.s, the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (with their large Christian populations), Waco, the bombing of Christian Belgrade, 911, the TSA, the huge weapons purchases by Homeland Security, the illegal occupation of Iraq and illegal attack on Libya and now this have failed to alarm us sufficiently and act accordingly, then all of us will all share look that Widmark had on his face very shortly, because we failed to stop our criminal government before it was too late.
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