Smarmy Alligator

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I saw Control Room this weekend: phenomenal. What is most compelling about it is how clearly it shows the complexity of war, and the media’s roles in war, and the complexity of the relationships between the Arab world and the Western world.

This made me step back and realize that there are no right and wrong sides in this situation. It’s been so easy, I think, to become subsumed in a totalizing position on this war–distaste (er, hatred) for Bush & Co., and certainty that we should not be in Iraq, quickly balloon into a simplified perspective about all of it. Watching this movie drew out my understanding of the endless ambiguities, the impossibilities of rightness or wrongness in the Middle East right now.


Written by laura k

November 22, 2004 at 6:24 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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