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The Whole Truth about the Iraq War

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.

The movie opened up with ten to fifteen people introducing themselves and stating their jobs titles or former job titles and how long they held that position. The majority of them were military leaders from a variety of branches. Some were workers in the CIA in charge of intelligence. Others were people that actually worked on searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the 1990's and in 2003. This movie was much more believable than Fahrenheit 9/11 due to the fact that it was real interviews with people who had important positions in the CIA, the Bush Administration, and the United States Military Forces. All these people were intelligent and are qualified to talk about these topics.

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.



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