Friday, December 17, 2010

Breaking the Silence - John Pilger

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Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror is a BAFTA nominated 2003 Carlton Letevision documentary film  written and directed by John Pilger, produced by Christopher Martin and co-directed by Steve Connelly. In the film, John Pilger dissects the truth and lies in the 'war on terror'

The documentary gives an overview of the contrast between the proclaimed aims of the War on Terror, and the humanitarian failures in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Notably, it states the Afghan Mujahideen and Afghan Arans including Osama bin Laden, from which later both the Taliban and Al Qaeda were created, received support from the United States and by Britain`s M16. More specifically, Pilger asserts that President Jimmy Carter authorized a five-hundred million dollar programme to help set up the native Afghan mujahideen, starting as early as six months prior to the Soviet invasion into Afghanistan.

Consquently, U.S. supported warlords in Afghanistan and giving chemical weapons during the years of the Cold War to other nations which today the U.S. deems as "Rogue States," have proceeded to the worst humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Iraq. From the closing days of the Cold War to the current "War on Terror" little is mentioned of the use of state terrorism by the U.S., presented to the general public in the form of "Democracy," "Liberation" and "Freedom" as pretexts for invasions and what most in the world see as unprovoked militarism by a country who sets double standards and speaks hypocriscy when dealing with terrorists all the while ignoring its own use of terrorism on the world stage.

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