"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom...A long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question..."
~Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror" by John Pilger

This film, set in Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington, looks at President Bush's 'war on terror' and the 'liberation' of countries where bloodshed and repression continue. In Afghanistan, Pilger investigates the claim that life has improved for the women of Iraq now that the Taliban have gone. In Washington, he interviews leading American officials, 'neo-cons' in the Bush regime. John Bolton, of the State Department, now the US Ambassador to the United Nations, says he regards the figure of 10,000 civilian deaths in Iraq as 'quite low' (The film was released in September 2003, six months after the War in Iraq started.) Breaking the Silence won a number of awards, and was nominated for a British Academy Award.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Big fan of Pilger, and as an Aussie I have the fortune of hearing him speak, talking to him, books signed etc

Pilger is not a one-trick pony. He's been vocal for many years.

I like this video clip from one of my favourite music groups System of a Down- where they joined with 10millions of us and John Pilger in protesting Bu$h's war on terror.


this page shows the films by him that can be downloaded