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For my first peace paper I went to the Ritz East movie theater on September 30th to watch the movie "Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War." This is a movie whose mission was to reveal the lies that have been told to the American people by the Bush Administration. The majority of the audience seemed to me to be democrats or at least people who opposed the war in Iraq and the Bush Administration. There were a lot of people who are antiwar and they were easy to pick out. On the other hand, there were a few strays thrown in who seemed to be pro-war and a Bush backer. Most of these people ended up leaving the theater in hatred and claiming that it is all lies and speculation, and even some left the theater before the movie was finished. I continually saw and heard people becoming uneasy and shaking their heads in disgust. Their was a wide variety of people there. The ages ranged from about late teens to about late sixties or early seventies. I would say that there was pretty much of an even split between male and female, but the majority of the people look to be middle aged and middle class people.
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The first point that struck me about the movie was that all you hear about when the war is discussed by Bush are rationalizations as to why we are there and not actually reasons or causes to why we are in Iraq. All we continue to hear is that they have weapons of mass destruction, but we can't find them. The movie stated that it is a shock that we talk about their weapons of mass destruction when they have never been a nuclear threat to us, not even during the gulf war. Also, that never had the capability to launch missiles or warheads or any type of weapon that can reach the United States.
The movie talked a lot about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. On man who talked said that they used the tactic of "data mining" which is taking old information and coming up with new conclusions. This makes sense to me because we haven't found any new information about Iraq and their weapons. Second, a former Deputy to the Central Intelligence Agency said that Iraq has not been any type of threat to the United States since 1998, and that we haven't even had any type of hard evidence that shows they are a threat. The fact that we only searched for three and a half months, which United Nations inspector Hans Blix said that it is extremely short, for the weapons tells us that they weren't even expecting to find anything, they just needed a reason. Third, the United States government showed a lot of video footage of weapon sites and places that shows military action and proves that some illegal actions are being performed; however, what the viewers do not know is that these different clips are footage from Iraq in the year 1991. This is just at tactic to trick Congress and the American people into backing the war. Also, Colin Powell and other in the administration continually us the term "chemical weapons" and say that Iraq has different chemicals and gases that can cause the weapons and that we are in grave danger as Americans. What people don't know is that chemical weapons and terribly weak when it comes to two countries at war. They may be affective if the war was taking place in a subway between two gangs, but it will do limited damage in a real war. Secondly, the gases and different chemicals that have been found by various people only had a shelf life of three to four months, which means that if it was produced in November, than it would be of no good in May of the next year. This is never explained to us. Instead, we are told of the danger we are in and how much power that Iraq has. Colin Powell also talked a lot about the one hundred to five hundred tons of chemical agents that can fill approximately 16 thousand warheads that are in Iraq and they can be used against the United States and we need to stop them. But in the last two years, you haven't heard one word of all these warheads and agents being found. That proves that it is just a tactic to lure us to war, and was forgotten when we invaded. The last point that the movie mad against the government is that fact that we keep using artists interpretations of what the different trucks, trains, or buildings that hold the weapons look like, instead of actually showing us pictures of them. They tell us that these are what they look like and where they are located, which is a huge lie because we needed someone to draw it for us.
The thing that shocked me the most about the movie is the part where they talked about Bush saying that Iraq is a country that threatens us when we fight the war on Terrorism. The movie talked about how Iraq is a run by Sadam Hussein and how he is a dictator. They then go on to talk about how dictator's motive is to control people and their country, and terror is uncontrollable. Which means that why in the world would Sadam give his money and his weapons and his support to a terrorist leader like Omaha Bin Laden? This goes against all of the traits of dictatorships .
My attitude towards this film before going into the movie theatre was a little different than it would have been if I hadn't taken your course. Before I took your class I was very pro-Bush and thought that he could not do anything wrong. I believed that we had valid reasons to be in Iraq and thought that we were going to win the war on terrorism. However, after listening to you on the first day of class my interest was sparked and I began to question the things I was hearing on the news. So if I were to have seen this film over the summer than I would have been completely shocked and it would have had a serious affect on me. Nevertheless, I was still moved by some of the comments made by the people in the film. Being that we talk about this topic every week in class and that I have seen Fahrenheit 9/11, I was much more prepared to view this film than I ever have been. The movie was just more evidence that proves the corruption in the Bush Administration. It assures me even more that my vote for John Kerry is the correct one.