A captivating journey through a hidden war – The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not what they seem, as revealed by investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill in Dirty Wars (2013). To uncover the truth of America’s ‘dirty’ intentions behind its’ never-ending ‘war on terror’, Scahill travels to some of the most dangerous parts of the world. Endless “kill lists” and terrorists who are killed but keep multiplying – sprouting like proverbial triffids (fictitious, large, man eating plants) – are the circumstances of the distressing reality he unearths in this riveting reveal of military futility.
Why this doc is worth watching: We need to find solutions other than military force in dealing with such problems as terrorism. Our entire global community is threatened by the hatred that is generated by elitist, extremist thinking. Reciprocal death and destruction – are not the answer. To take ‘ownership’ of a people is not the answer. When we finally come to realize who really benefits from such wars, then we can divert the funnelling of copious billions from the ‘machinery of death’ – to the ‘machinery of life’ – to help economically elevate those poor nations in need. This will help provide a certain quality of life so they’ll have the capability of resisting tyranny on their own – and to promote a mutual understanding, harmony and respect between our cultures. This film brings us to the front lines of revelation – to see the hopeless situation for ourselves – to experience the frustration of others – and to ultimately add our voices to the call for a better way.
Director: Rick Rowley
Tagline: “A secret army. A war without end. A journalist determined to uncover the truth”.
Memorable quote: “I’d seen the same pattern repeatedly. America was trying to kill its way to victory, but the war on terror was producing new enemies wherever it spread. How does a war like that ever end?”