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War in Iraq

In a speech in on the occasion of an anti-war rally in Chicago on October 2, 2002 Obama said on the issue of the war against Iraq:

I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.

Nine years later Obama is ending America’s war by announcing the withdrawal of the troops until the end of 2011. So this is how it ends in Iraq, the war that so divided the American public and its political class. Not with a sailor-kissing-a-woman magazine cover, not with a statement of triumph or even a simple “mission accomplished.” It ends instead with President Barack Obama’s declaration that all U.S. troops are coming home by the end of the year. Not victory, not defeat, just over.

Iraq's leadership has been split on whether it wanted American forces to stay. Some argued the further training and U.S. help was vital, particularly to protect Iraq's airspace and gather security intelligence. But others have deeply opposed any American troop presence, including Shiite militiamen who have threatened attacks on any American forces who remain.

Only 36% of Americans think the Iraq war has been worth fighting for, according to a Pew Research Poll. That compares with 41% of the public who think the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan has been worth the costs.

Cinema for Peace was very critical from the very beginning and we want to ask you to watch the Speech of Dustin Hoffmann at the Cinema for Peace Gala 2003 opposing the war in Iraq.


Furthermore, we would like to recommend you to watch the following films on the issue of the Iraq war.

The Hurt Locker (2008) by Kathryn Bigelow

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat.

Why We Fight (2005) by Eugene Jarecki

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life?

Leaving Bagdad (2010) by Koutaiba Al-Janabi

Leaving Baghdad follows Sadik, the former personal cameraman to the leader Saddam Hussein while he is trying to escape the grip of the regime. Sadik suffers from paranoia and constant fear. The Iraqi secret police are after him because he is carrying evidence of the atrocities committed by the regime.