ABC News reported yesterday on a new motion picture out of Hollywood.
A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.
"Redacted," by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition.
Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.
De Palma chose one horrific incident and is portraying it as typical of the American military in Iraq. But it's not typical. And it's not condoned by the military or by anyone who supports the war in Iraq.
Five soldiers have since been charged with the attack. Four of them have been given sentences of between 5 and 110 years.
For De Palma, and the directors of the other Iraq War movies due to be released, to paint our military as nothing better than rapists and murderers is slanderous. I WILL NOT be seeing their films. I hope they lose a fortune.