But this post is not about that freeloading dirtbag and his gun-toting thug "supporters," it's about a real standoff and a real moral dilemma. It happened in Philadelphia in 1985 between the City and a radical group called MOVE. The mind-numbing scene ended with a bomb and a devastating fire that destroyed more than 60 homes. Eleven MOVE followers were killed, including five children and the founder of the movement, John Africa.
Back then, I was preoccupied with Ohio University and all of its intoxicating charms (which did not include the national news scene). My guess is the bomb and fire garnered headlines from coast to coast, but the follow-up coverage probably faded fast except for those in the greater Philly area.
Film director Jason Osder has reignited the story in his staggering documentary Let the Fire Burn.
This isn't some biased Micheal Moore or Dinesh D'Souza pile of tripe. It's a riveting expose that only uses footage from the event and the aftermath. No one-sided narrator offers up his cloying commentary. All of the content comes directly from the people involved and the video they left behind (including home video from inside the first MOVE complex).
Go on and get a hold of this one and see one bad decision after another unfolding before an impossible conflict that is about as absolute as you can get. You will not be disappointed.
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