“The Siege” opened in 1998 with footage of President Bill Clinton commenting on the 1994 Khobar terrorist bombing of American troops in Saudi Arabia: “This act will not go unpun- ished!” The movie immediately switches to an American military satellite tracking a caravan of cars in the Iraqi desert conveying a terrorist Sheikh who then in a coordinated American operation is apprehended and captured on the ground. Immediately the scene then switch- es to a potentially terrorist act in Brooklyn in which a FBI agent played by Denzel Wash- ington and a CIA agent played by Annete Benning become involved with each other.
Benning is involved in an illicit CIA operation in Brooklyn and reveals there is an unidentified terrorist network operating locally. and as they argue reports arrive of a Brooklyn bus taken hostage, and which explodes after the media arrives on the scene this temporarily wounding Denzel. In the ensuing investigation an image of the captured Iraqi Sheikh flashes on the movie screen as Denzel(FBI) then cooperates with Benning (-CIA) she linking the Iraqi Sheikh to the 1994 Khobar terrorist bombing in Sauidi Arabia.
It seems, according to the movie, that Benning(CIA) has been sleeping with an anti-Saddam Hussein Iraqi-Palestinian international operative named Ali-Shamir as a means of gathering inside information for the American government, and together they succeed in apprehending and killing the terrorist cell which blew up the bus in Brooklyn. So then Benning and Denzel party and celebrate with music, drinking, and danc- ing. but as they do so cell phones ring with news terrorists bombed a Broadway theater in Manhattan. This is immediately followed by an explosive-loaded van crashing through barriers in FBI Headquarter at One Federal Plaza in NYC. President Clinton invokes martial law although he is not identified as such.
The movie now devolves into discussions between Benning, Denzel, and Bruce Willis on jurisdiction, civil rights, and enhanced interrigations. But in a surprise ending it was the CIA(Benning) who was deceived by her Iraqi-Palestinian lover Al-Shamir who had setup various unconnected terror cells in revenge for America(President Bill Clinton) abandoning the anti-Saddam Hussein dissident coalition inside Iraq. Finally enlightened Benning is shot and dies at the hand of Al-Shamir he too dying after attempting suicidal revenge.
The convoluted script of this movie confused me and I’m still intrigued as I played it over and over on my VCR. I simply can’t figure it out. Yet I feel there is something valuable to be learned by deciphering it.
News Flash: I watched the United Nations proceedings on C-Span2 and noticed the Iranian ambassador “understands” a Mideast Nuclear-Free Zone will prevail in the Mideast as part of The Deal.
“I was a Man of Destiny, and that is why I made myself Emperor of France just like my Uncle Bonaparte!” Napoleon III told me in a dream. I tried a coup twice and was imprisoned five years where I studied science and the history of warfare.” More: “Rather than have the revolutionary scum and riffraff of Paris takeover the government I took power and declared myself Emperor!”
He was referring to the suppressed 1848 European Revolutionary Movement one expatriate refugee to America being John Fremont who was the first American Republican presidential candidate in 1856 before Abraham Lincoln was elected four years later.
“My big mistake was invading Italy to save the pope in Rome where the ragtag revolutionary terrorist Mazzini defeated my troops. This gave German Chancellor Bismark the idea he could defeat the Imperial Army of France’s Second Empire which I established. Paris under me became a glorious City of Light but then Bismark captured me and exiled my family to England” he explained.
“My son Napoleon the Fourth joined the British Army and died in Africa fighting the ZULUS. He was the last Napoleon!”