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Iraq Hollywood-Style

by | 17th, December 2004

‘HISTORY repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as a Hollywood movie with the Americans as all-conquering heroes.


Modern warfare has been compared to a giant computer game, at least by those who haven’t seen their family blown to smithereens or had their legs shot off.

But it is in the cinema where most of us experience the sanitised glory of battle.

And the Guardian reports today on Hollywood’s first foray into the second (and ongoing) war in Iraq The Battle For Falluja.

The film, we are told, will be based on a not-yet-completed book by Bing West, a former US marine and now war correspondent.

It will take as its starting point the killing of four civilian contractors in Falluja and the resulting decision to order a full-out assault on the city.

The first attack (led by General Jim Mattis, to be played by Harrison Ford) was abruptly halted by the White House, but six months later a second attack was ordered just days after the recent US Presidential election.

That attack, in

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