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Babbler # 4790

posted 26 January 2004 04:24 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Pentagon’s special-operations chiefs screened the once-famous 1965 film “The Battle of Algiers” last August, inspiring its timely re-release in selected theatres this month.

Perhaps, though, our soldiers should have shown their civilian overlords “The Battle of Algiers” before the latter blithely decided to occupy an Arab country. For extra verisimilitude, the special-ops boys could have strapped Douglas Feith’s Office of Special Plans ideologue-warriors to their armchairs, pinned their eyelids open, attached electrodes, and applied little jolts of juice to help them remember the movie better.


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posted 26 January 2004 09:09 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The paras liquidated the Casbah rebels’ leadership in 1957. In Algeria, torture worked. What the film doesn’t show is that in France, though, the public started to lose the stomach for the “necessary consequences.” Alarmed that the politicians might throw away their fallen comrades’ sacrifices, the paratroopers threatened to drop on Paris in May 1958 unless Gen. Charles de Gaulle became France’s strong man.

I don't think this nut understood the point of the film.

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posted 26 January 2004 03:37 PM      Profile for Mick        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That was a great film. The message I got from it was that vangaurdist subsitutionist armed groups, ,even if they have a lot of popular support, like the FLN don't make revolution - mass popular uprisings of millions of ordinary people (often largely unarmed) make revolution.
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