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If you are a subscriber to Comcast on Demand, I would strongly suggest that you watch the 1966 (Italian produced) film, The Battle of Algiers, which is now available at no charge on cable television. It is rarely shown on television and difficult to find at your local video store.
This is the film that was screened at the Pentagon a few months after the U.S. invaded Iraq. After the Pentagon viewing became public, there was a lot of discussion in the press as to why the Pentagon would show this somewhat obscure film.
At the time some suggested that the Pentagon was using this film to help their staff understand “the earlier efforts of a Western power to deal with terrorism in an Arab capital.” Apparently, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger thought there were similarities and a lesson to be learned from the French-Algerian War. He offered George Bush his copy of a newly published book, “A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962” written by historian Alistair Horne. Kissinger even highlighted passages for the President to read.
Those of you who want to try to understand French national psyche at it relates to their former “colonies” and the immigrants from those countries, this is a great film to watch.
Warning, the film is in black and white; documentary (cinéma-vérité) style, in Arabic and French with English subtitles and needless to say, lefty. If you are a film buff, this is a must see.
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