Friday, June 8, 2007

The Battle of Algiers

When one watches the "The Battle of Algiers," it is hard to believe that the issues identified in the movie -- terrorism, reprisal, torture, martial law, Islamic resistance, and the clash of civilizations -- was not more well-known (or more widely-screened) before the war in Iraq. The Pentagon apparently watched it in during 2003 (according to the trailer above), but by that time, the policymakers had already determined to go to war.

(Also interesting: music for "La Battaglia di Algeri" was by Ennio Morricone.)

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