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Reigniting America's cultural wars

The huge box-office success of Eastwood's American Sniper has stirred a wide-ranging debate among Americans over issues central to their national identity and political philosophy

Cooper as Kyle in American Sniper. While most film critics have praised Eastwood's direction and Cooper's performance, many of them challenged the notion that Kyle was a national hero.

IT is not surprising perhaps that some of the most heated public debates in the United States have been fuelled by films or, for that matter, other products of the popular culture. After all, for most Americans - and for audiences in Western countries - movies, and not novels or plays, are what