by Andrew Mason
From Point du Jour International – coming shortly (currently in production, available at the end of February).
The promotional description:
On the occasion the 10th anniversary of the start of the War in Iraq.
Ten years after the start of a war that left between 100 000 and 250 000 dead and which destabilised the region for long years to come, the world is better-informed about the details of the formidable machinations of the American administration to politically, legally and morally legitimise a war that – without this window-dressing – increasingly appears to have been a war of aggression.
From the Valerie Plame affair to Jessica Lynch, from doctored photos shown by Colin Powell at the United Nations and pictures of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, there are numerous elements indicating that a conspiracy was organised in a deliberate and organised manner by the principal players in the Bush administration. And yet, at this point in time, no film has so far presented a complete and coherent account of events with a view to questioning the legal responsibility of the perpetrators of such a conspiracy.
IN DUBIOUS BATTLES…
It is such an account that François Bringer intends to present. A journalist, specialised in the United States, he is notably the author of “11 September : “Whistle-Blowers, ces agents qu’on a fait taire” (“They sounded the alarm… the agents who were silenced”) and headed the investigative research for Jean-Christophe Klotz’s film “11 Septembre, les routes de la terreur”.
With the perspective of ten years historical distance since the beginning of the war, it is finally possible to retrace the course of the neo-conservative strategy (in both legal and propaganda contexts) adopted by the Bush administration, and to demonstrate the connections with the ensuing economic and political repercussions.
In order to gain a clearer understanding, the film will examine the colossal efforts made by the Bush administration to fabricate a tissue of state lies on a global scale in order to trigger a war of aggression. We shall see how quite phenomenal resources were mobilised. In combining the political will of the neo-conservatives, the credibility of the American government’s heavyweights, the creative talents of major advertising agencies and Hollywood producers, and the cynicism of the Pentagon’s propagandists, a vast brain-washing scheme was then judiciously served up to a compliant media sector, softened up by the fanatical patriotism dominating post-9/11 America.
How did this happen?