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So I was thinking about spartans this morning while I was taking a shower... ahem. I had the thought that there are a lot of parallels between 300 and the war in Iraq.

After a threat/insult, a king makes a brash decision and defies the legal bodies that bind him and goes to war. They kill a shit ton of Persians, etc all in the name of preserving freedom.

As to whether Laura Bush slept with any members of senate, I can't say.

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On March 26th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC), clemsblueruins commented:
Very true, there are many similarities. Only, Bush has not teh abs!, and he saved Greece whereas we are pretty much just douchebags...

There is a conspiracy a-brewing to see Grindhouse this weekend--interested?
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On March 26th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC), asmearis replied:
I'd really love to go to Grindhouse, but I'm going to be in Des Moines Friday afternoon thru Saturday night.
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On March 26th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC), magicalmartha commented:
i would see the point, except for the movie is based off of three things: it's an almost word-for-word rendition of frank miller's comic, which was written in 1999; the film 300 Spartans, which was made in 1962, and the actual historical event (although that last is kinda loose).
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On March 26th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC), clemsblueruins replied:
being based on something, i.e. a modern war, and being similar to something, are often different things.
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On March 26th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC), magicalmartha replied:
i'm aware. i'm just saying that the iraq war doesn't have any particular bearing on the film. it's not a commentary.
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On March 26th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC), astronauta commented:
the spartans had valid reasons to fight, whereas... we didn't.
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On March 26th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC), carveyfan27 commented:
Differences:

- King Leonidas was a well-respected, competent leader
- King Leonidas led his armies
- The Battle of Thermopylae included 300 soldiers, none of whom were high school dropouts who were promised career oppurtunities that would allow them to see the world
- King Leonidas has never read "My Pet Goat"
- Persia outwardly threatened Sparta, promising war
- King Leonidas was denied the right to war from the hopped-up concubine of a group of lepers, not an assembly of over 500 elected officials
- King Leonidas did not attack the Hittites, claiming that they provided Persia with significant quantities of Uranium
- King Leonidas didn't defeat the first wave and announce 'Mission Accomplished'
- When Corinth refused to join forces, the Spartans did not rename them "Freedom Columns"
- King Leonidas knows "Internet" is not pluralized
- The Spartan troops did not cause collateral damage in the thousands
- The Spartans had reliable, working equipment from the beginning
- King Leonidas attempted, at least once, to try to talk to Xerxes concerning the war, hoping that the bloodshed could end prematurely.
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