Moral Equivalence in the New Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (opening nationally December 9) is in many ways a brilliant new adaptation of the John Le Carré novel, with Gary Oldman in the role of George Smiley (played by Alec Guinness in the BBC films from the late 1970s.)  Acting, direction, and art direction are all superb, and the film perfectly captures the somber, murky world of John Le Carré's novels. And yet, it wouldn't be John Le Carré without what the left calls "moral complexity," and what the rest of us call "moral equivalence."  The film takes place at the height of the Cold War, and Le Carré flirts with a moral equivalence between the democracies of the West and murderous Communist dictatorships. Le Carré, after all, is the author of The Constant Gardener, the leftist anti-Big Pharma book and movie.  In 2003, after 9/11, Le Carré wrote the essay "America Gone Mad," which rivals Michael Moore for Bush Derangement Syndrome.  In one short article, Le Carré refers to "the Bushies"...(Read Full Article)