Thursday, May 15, 2008

No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos

Iraq doesn't get in the news much currently, with natural disasters and global financial problems overtaking it in the headlines. But a quick search of Google News shows plenty of people are still dying there. So 'No End In Sight' is still as relevant now as it was when it came out. And a quick précis of the file would be the US (and the UK of course) did one thing right, getting rid of Saddam, then screwed up everything possible after that. It doesn't bother to delve too deeply into the lies that led up to the war but looks at the aftermath instead. First there was no plan, then the plan that was hatched was insanely stupid and it's no surprise that the carnage carried on for so long. Get rid of the army to leave 500,000 soldiers with no work and with a grudge? Brilliant...

The director, Charles Ferguson, has made an unusual change of career. He started out in software, running the company that created FrontPage (and writing an entertaining book about it). Nice to see him put his millions to good use.

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