the movie, the battle of algiers is an old flick from the mid 1960s. it tells the tale of france (a western power) occupying a middle eastern country (algier). i just saw a review on NOW (pbs) and the parallels are pretty striking . . . all the way down to the prison abuse scandals. of course, the battle of algiers was real and the end result was that france won the war and lost the hearts and minds. a young jacque chirac was fighting for france and this is the same president of france who tried to warn the US about going into iraq (of course, a case could be made that his motives were related to oil, eh?). anyway, i plan to check the movie out. of course, there are going to be differences, but i'd like to see how much was predicted in this film, which was based on history, that we just weren't prepared for in our current struggle against insurgents in iraq.<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range; women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war<p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=249">link to review</a><br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
France used to have a bona fide, old fashioned empire, which it tried desperately to keep after WW II, at a time when Britain, for instance, was recognizing that the age old fashioned empires was over. Thre are new fangled empires nowadays.<br><br>
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