The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein
The Iraqi Truth Project has released a DVD documentary called Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein. One of my favorite historians, Victor Davis Hanson, and one of the best up-and-coming documentary film-makers, Evan Coyne Maloney, both had a hand in this film. It will be shown at the war crimes trials of both "Chemical" Ali and Saddam Hussein.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did watch the trailer. It damn near knocked me out of my chair. I knew right away I had to order this movie at once. I've been back to watch the trailer several times already. It's an incredibly powerful minute-and- a-half of footage and music.
(The link to the trailer is at the top of the Iraq Truth Project page)
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Thanks for the link! Check out the making of the documentary for more details. I envision a Canadian version of the film with clips from MPs denouncing the "invasion" of Iraq all on a back-drop of the torturing of Iraqi's. The film ends with the Liberal caucas giving PM Chretien a standing ovation overlayed with the skulls and bodies uncovered in the mass graves.
Posted by: Greg Staples | 2005-03-01 9:52:45 AM
Greg - marvellous scenario of 'the Canadian version'. Oh, wouldn't it be great to have that scene on CBC.
Posted by: ET | 2005-03-01 11:44:14 AM
As followup, a commentor at http://www.outsidethebeltway.com has seen the full film. Says the second part isn't as good as the first, but that it's worth the watching.
Posted by: Kate | 2005-03-01 11:51:54 AM
The CBC has a terrible reputation with documentaries. Remember "The Valor and the Horror", where they said the Nazis had nothing to feel ashamed about for what they did in the war? Obviously they ignored the Holocaust.
Or their "town-hall" meeting about September 11 when they praised the attacks?
In both cases, they were called to account, yet emerged unscathed. The CBC has to be eliminated - it is an isolated ivory tower institution that no longer serves any purpose. $1b could be saved if it were disbanded.
The time has come to do something socially responsible with that money. Making bad documentaries is not socially responsible. In a multi-media universe, state-funded broadcasting is as obsolete as antennas. I am very proud to say I have boycotted the CBC for the past decade - it's not worth my valuable time.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-03-01 11:43:40 PM
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