February 20, 2005

Pentagon Film Fest


Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for Peace Studies (www.nd.edu/~krocinst/) recently showed the famous war film The Battle of Algiers. The place was packed. The French military action against the Algierian insurgency in late 50s and early 60s is considered a text book case of how torture can succeed tactically but fail strategically. Algeria won its indpendence only to later be embroiled in a bloody civil war in which torture was again rampant.

It turns out that the film was screened at the Pentagon in August of 2003 in light of the strengthening insurgency in Iraq.



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