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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Insurgency

If you have a spare 50 minutes, may I recommend watching The Insurgency? It's a fascinating look at the Iraqi insurgency, not in the monolothic sense, but about the nationalist piece, where the al Qaeda ties are, and the religious sectarianism. It was produced by Frontline, the PBS documentary series.

In case you are worried, the US and coalition troops are shown in an excellent light, doing their jobs well and professionally. It does contain footage you will not have seen on the evening news. Michael Ware, who is a Time magazine stringer, has had contacts within the insurgency since the beginning and adds some jaw-dropping reporting to the film. I do not think the insurgents are glorified in anyway, just explained.

On a side line, I love watching Frontline. Their reporting is always exceptional, plus their reports are viewable online (awesome.) I always feel like I've learned something. I appreciate TV that can draw you into a discussion.

8 comments:

tiff-fay-fay said...

I have mixed feelings on Frontline. At times, I love it, and others I think 'who's skewed view is this.' But I do agree that you can always walk away with some random discussion point.

Although I have to say kudos to the local news team who made me look good at the Bees game tonight when I popped up with 'Yeah, one of their pitchers was last year's Cy Young Winner' in front of my co-workers who were very into the game. After wowing them, I left thinking 'Thank you my newsman for making me appear "current".

AzĂșcar said...

You went to a Bees game? Awesome :)

That's the thing about Frontline: I don't always agree, but their programs do help me think about a topic in a way I may not have thought about it before.

La Yen said...

If you have another spare 50 minutes, I recommend watching Hex on BBC America. It is the new Buffy. It will also leave you with some topical points such as "What did they say? Were they referring to lesbians or to a snack food?" or "Baccalaureat boarding schools filled with curses: good idea for young adults, or bad. Discuss."

AzĂșcar said...

I totally will, even if it is the new Buffy, because YOU recommended it. (Everyone knows you have impeccable taste when it comes to TV.)

La Yen said...

Thursday nights, baby. Thursday nights. (Angela Landsbury has honed my palate to gourmet.)

c jane said...

ohhhhh Azucar, why are you always trying to get me smart? I just like being ignorant. It compliments my flirty side.

tiff-fay-fay said...

c - puh-leze. you can't ever hide the flirt. i was on the same dance floor that night!

c jane said...

Tiffany,
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh