"No End in Sight"

Saturday, March 01, 2008
I just watched "No End in Sight" this evening with Landon. As I was loading it into our DVD player, I figured I was in for another documentary similar to all the others I've watched over the course of the Iraqi war. I was wrong--this one is different. Whether you are for or against the war, this documentary is a must-see. It's the only documentary I know of that records the series of decisions made by the Bush administration that directly led to the rise of the Sunnis and the Shiites, and created the state of utter chaos in Iraq. From the de-Baathification program to the disbandment of the Iraqi militia, this documentary examines how these poorly executed programs carried out by inexperienced officials like Paul Bremer left these Iraqi professionals with little choice but to join the insurgency. American troops were in small numbers in 2003, so many ammunition storage facilities were seized by insurgents. With the disbandment of the militia and the removal of professionals in government and society, Baghdad was in chaos. Without sufficient troops, and with orders to protect the oil mines, looting was allowed unchecked, including the looting and complete destruction of the museum in Baghdad, which held ancient artifacts dating back 7, 000 years (I can remember my art history teacher at the time in complete heartache over this). Government buildings, hospitals, and businesses were all destroyed, including the Baghdad library, which was burned down, destroying all of Iraq's ancient documents. Troops were not provided with the equipment they needed, violence increased, the insurgency strengthened, and their numbers grew as many previous members of the Baath party and militia, who were now left destitute and without jobs, were forced to join in order to survive. After seeing this documentary, I'm not so sure what the answer to the war is anymore. I used to think pulling out immediately was the answer, but after seeing this documentary, I'm not so sure it's that simple. I would highly recommend seeing this film before you vote in the general election!

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