I think I’ve seen this movie before
In light of the recent revelations about torture, our plans to stay, and the daily drumbeat of insurgent attacks, I can’t recommend The Battle Of Algiers enough. I watched it again last night and the parallels are frightening.
Col. Mathieu: Interrogation becomes a method when conducted in a manner so as always to obtain a result, or rather an answer. In practice, demonstrating a false humanitarianism only leads to ridiculousness and impotence. I’m certain that all units will understand and react accordingly.
Journalist: M. Ben M’Hidi, don’t you think it’s a bit cowardly to use women’s baskets and handbags to carry explosive devices that kill so many innocent people?
Ben M’Hidi: And doesn’t it seem to you even more cowardly to drop napalm bombs on defenseless villages, so that there are a thousand times more innocent victims? Of course, if we had your airplanes it would be a lot easier for us. Give us your bombers, and you can have our baskets.
Col. Mathieu: Should we remain in Algeria? If you answer “yes,” then you must accept all the necessary consequences.
Rent it. Buy it. Watch it.
(And thanks again to the reader from Texas who sent me a copy.)