Autres temps, autres moeurs

I watched a pretty good movie last night, that was very pro-military; that showed the Iraqi military as being inefficient; and that showed Iraqis as being unbelievably brutal, both in terms of mob violence and in terms of the military’s and the secret police’s capacity for sadistic torture.  Surprisingly, it was made by the BBC.

Okay, now I’ll let you in on a few secrets to explain this weird anomaly, which has the BBC making a pro-military, anti-Iraqi movie.  It’s all in the timing.  The movie was Bravo Two Zero, and it was made in 1999 about an SAS unit that got trapped behind enemy lines during the first Gulf War, in 1991.  In other words, before fanatical Bush Derangement Syndrome took over the world, it was okay to concede that the Iraqis were capable of gross brutality and that Western military service could be carried out by honorable and humane men.

As it’s based on a true story, it’s a worthwhile movie for the Gitmo, waterboarding and Abu Ghraib crowd to watch, if only to get a sense of perspective.

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  • Ymarsakar

    As it’s based on a true story, it’s a worthwhile movie for the Gitmo, waterboarding and Abu Ghraib crowd to watch, if only to get a sense of perspective.

    They already have a sense of perspective book. Which is if it benefits them to show a patriotic movie about the British when they are British, then they will do it. When it benefits them to show propaganda and psychologically attack innocent men, women, and children in America because they don’t like us helping people in Iraq, they will do that too.

    Doesn’t that perfectly qualify as a ‘sense of perspective’, Book? The perspective that they, and only they, matter.

  • Bookworm

    BBC — Borderline Broadcasting Corporation, and I use “borderline” in the clinical sense of a person who has no moral compass, is grandiose, self-serving, binary (things are either all good or all bad, with the labels constantly being reaffixed depending on the borderline’s feelings at a given moment), aggressive, and somewhat delusional.

  • Ymarsakar

    If you want to watch a nice family values and pro-virtue movie, watch Serenity and the Firefly tv series.

    You might like watching that trailer, Book, if you want some pro war goodies. And by pro-war, I know that you know that I know what you really desire is for the strong demonstrating that you don’t need evil to acquire strength and power to help your loved ones.

  • Ymarsakar

    In reply to 2, it also shatters the benefit of the doubt often given to media organizations that they “don’t know enough about war to report it accurately”. That does not carry the bong water. They, like their Hollywood cousins or ancestors, knew exactly how to portray war to raise morale. They just choose not to do it for Iraqis and American fighting forces.

  • Ymarsakar

    Like when they said “there aren’t any good news to report”, “hospitals and schools aren’t new or fit to print”, and “the military won’t tell us the truth about how they are killing reporters”.

    Their excuse and the excuse of their supporters, that benefit of the doubt they demand from us, is just another fabrication and lie.

  • Jose

    The book is good too. It tells that when the survivors got back to England, they had to visit counselors to be checked for PTSD. The counselors found they were mentally as stable as ever, and no danger to anyone, except Iraqi interrogators.