While some have argued that the predator represents the evils of communism, Fidel Castro called the movie a Marxist masterpiece, in which the shark represents the capitalism that brutalizes
For all of his insights, however, Cumings--who professes empathy for the underdog--has written an apologia for a regime that brutalizes
its citizens, is openly hostile to the United States and South Korea, and heedless of international law.
''This is a regime that brutalizes
its population, that brutalizes
women in particular, that executes its citizens summarily in a stadium that was given to it by the United Nations for sports games,'' she said.
"The more I read, the more I thought about World War II, the more I became convinced that the atmosphere of war brutalizes
everyone involved, begets a fanaticism in which the original moral factor (which certainly existed in World War II--opposition to a ruthless tyranny, to brutal aggression) is buried at the bottom of a heap of atrocities committed by all sides," he writes.