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Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror (Activist Version)
A Special Report by John Pilger

John Pilger dissects the truth and lies in the 'war on terror'.

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52 minutes
Directed by Steve Connelly and John Pilger
Produced by Christopher Martin
Executive Producer: Richard Clemmow
Written and Presented by John Pilger





"Astonishing...should be required viewing in every home, school and office." The Guardian (U.K.)
Award-winning journalist John Pilger investigates the discrepancies between American and British claims for the 'war on terror' and the facts on the ground as he finds them in Afghanistan and Washington, DC.

In 2001, as the bombs began to drop, George W. Bush promised Afghanistan "the generosity of America and its allies". Now, the familiar old warlords are regaining power, religious fundamentalism is renewing its grip and military skirmishes continue routinely. In "liberated" Afghanistan, America has its military base and pipeline access, while the people have the warlords who are, says one woman, "in many ways worse than the Taliban".

In Washington, Pilger conducts a series of remarkable interviews with William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and leading Administration officials such as Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. These people, and the other architects of the Project for the New American Century, were dismissed as 'the crazies' by the first Bush Administration in the early 90s when they first presented their ideas for pre-emptive strikes and world domination.

Pilger also interviews presidential candidate General Wesley Clark, and former intelligence officers, all the while raising searching questions about the real motives for the 'war on terror'.

While President Bush refers to the US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq as two 'great victories', Pilger asks the question - victories over whom, and for what purpose? Pilger describes Afghanistan as a country "more devastated than anything I have seen since Pol Pot's Cambodia". He finds that Al-Qaida has not been defeated and that the Taliban is re-emerging. And of the "victory" in Iraq, he asks: "Is this Bush's Vietnam?"





Grade Level: 10-12. College, Adult
US Release Date: 2003     Copyright Date: 2003
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-040-5     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-025-1




Reviews
"Astonishing...should be required viewing in every home, school and office. With facts bristling from his fingertips, Pilger revised the Bush/Blair version of events leading up to the conquest of Iraq to reveal an agenda of unprovoked aggression, excused and obscured by ruthless manipulation of September 11."
The Guardian (UK)


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DVD $59
VHS $59
RENT
DVD $35
VHS $35


DVD Features
Besides playing the program straight through, you can also play it by chapters. The chapter stops have been chosen to give teachers and others immediate access to key portions of the film. In addition an extensive 24-page Special Report is included in the DVD-ROM portion of the disc.

The Report provides vital background information with sections on · Afghanistan's 'New Era of Hope' · The Warlords Who Still Rule Afghanistan · America and Britain's Role in Creating Afghanistan's Terrorists · The Price of Empire · A Selection of Major US Interventions since 1945 · An Imperial Project · The Neoconservatives Waging Global War: Washington's Warlords? · Targeting Iraq · Sanctions and Occupation - A High Price Paid by Iraqis · What Can We do?"

Also included is an extensive list of websites, a bibliography, and a complete list of references for the statements made in the guide.

Links
John Pilger's web site
Study guide


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