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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 10:16 p.m. PST

… from a TV programme

"Once Upon a Time in Iraq is the most searing anti-war documentary I have seen. In five parts on Mondays on BBC2, it is not bangs, screams and tears. The searing is not visceral. It is intellectual. In among the footage of the 2003 war, we hear simply the calm narrative of people whose lives were traumatised by the conflict, who witnessed the gut-wrenching obscenity of two great democracies using death and destruction to pursue their leaders' political agenda. It shows that the morality of power projection has not advanced since the middle ages. A corpse is still a corpse.

Now at least we get to hear from the victims. The director, James Bluemel, approached the war not through those who ordered or opposed it, but through the recollections of the ordinary civilians, soldiers and reporters who experienced it. They were not war's actors, they were its consequences. They leave us to draw our own conclusions…"
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pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 3:24 a.m. PST

Oooh, war is bad. I'm shocked to hear that people die in a war.

Don't mean to sound callous, but where was BBC (or anyone, really) when Saddam was gassing his own people?

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 5:32 a.m. PST

I thought they would be telling us about Saddam's stargate. 🙀

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 12:04 p.m. PST



Uparmored31 Jul 2020 2:35 a.m. PST

how u make catty emoticon?

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 3:52 p.m. PST

Did it on my iPhone. One of the keys on the keyboard shows a smiley face 😄 so I just picked that.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 6:54 p.m. PST

I seem to recall plenty of scrutiny during, and immediately after the war too, so this is nothing new.

Skarper31 Jul 2020 11:24 p.m. PST

Huge amount of spin – not much scrutiny.

It's high time we revisited this era. Some people involved should be in jail. I don't know if this series will do a good job. I'll try to watch it and see for myself.

Uparmored02 Aug 2020 3:08 a.m. PST

oooh iphone cool man Col Dunford.

Yeah '03 was bad ass. Basically Rummy said "oh yeah 'Raqis were gonna take down your whole shitty country with 30,000 American warriors (15% troop numbers of desert storm)."

Then, he did it.

Known, unknowns, unknown unknowns and goin to war with the Army you have.

Bleeped textin kicked ass, took names and tore Saddam and his buddies a new one.

Bad Bleeped textin ass. :cool:

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