This is a must see movie for everybody interested in the events surrounding the Iraq crisis and US occupation.
“No End in Sight” by director Charles Ferguson is the winner of the special jury price last year at the Sundance Film Festival and chosen by Stephen Hunter, Washington Post as #1 film of the year 2007. It’s available in full length online via Google Video.
Anybody who believes that nothing of that was known before the “war” should read the Atlantic Monthly Nov 2002 Edition (that was published before the war).
Various witnesses and officials have confirmed that anybody with experience – once the invasion happened – was considered “a liability” by the administration. This disregard for experience, skills, knowledge and any ethical values that made our countries great has since then massively propagated throughout other administrative entities around the world.
When I once asked a contemporary witness of Nazi Germany what was the most significant change when the Nazis came into power in 1933 for the administration and government services, he told me: “Suddenly the dumbest and most crookest ones made enormous careers and anybody with knowledge or experience was considered a liability and pushed aside.”
Since then I’ve learned that this is also a pretty good indicator if a country is under a totalitarian rulership. As an additional “litmus test” in such situations corruption normally skyrockets in parallel.
From the film description at Google:
“…Chronological look at the fiasco in Iraq, especially decisions made in the spring of 2003 – and the backgrounds of those making decisions – immediately following the overthrow of Saddam: no occupation plan, an inadequate team to run the country, insufficient troops to keep order, and three edicts from the White House announced by Bremmer when he took over: no provisional Iraqi government, de-Ba’athification, and disbanding the Iraqi armed services. The film has chapters (from History to Consequences), and the talking heads are reporters, academics, soldiers, military brass, and former Bush-administration officials, including several who were in Baghdad in 2003…”
- Geo-Politics: The New Yorker on war preparations in the USA
- USA: The never ending story of money motivated war crimes in Iraq continues
- Recession: The Movie
- Movie: Helvetica
The New Yorker in his next issue (July 7 – available online) includes an excellent editorial on the preparations for another war by the Bush administration.
This time its
Iraq and based on a Presidential Finding signed by G.W. Bush the congress has already approved 400 Million USD for covert, sabotage and all sorts of other shady activities to “destabilize Iran“…
What BBC’s popular political TV magazine Panorama yesterday night called the greatest heist in history or Daylight Robbery seems now to be going into another round of new discoveries.
In the more than one hour long broadcast Panorama’s Jane Corbin tells us some of the stories of those who became rich from the war and those who stood up against the crimes and “got burned”.
…If you believe that such corruption happens by pushing around brown envelopes with money under the table, sorry, but that might just be a very small part of it. We have compiled a short list of the most common activities identified within Iraq below. Some of them have also been mentioned in the report of Panorama yesterday night…
The trailer for the latest movie from the producers of “The Iraq War”. Now playing at a theater near you.
Helvetica is a 1h21min documentary that everybody who appreciates design and type will love.
…makes Times New Roman look like Wingdings…