A press release from ConfrontingIraq.net:
The release late last year of the powerful new documentary, “Confronting Iraq,” could represent a significant opportunity to change the national debate over the war in Iraq.
Produced by Roger Aronoff of Accuracy in Media, the film sets the record straight about Saddam Hussein, his weapons of mass destruction, ties to terrorists, and threats to America and the world. It portrays the war in Iraq as a noble cause essential to America’s survival in the “clash of civilizations” between the West and fanatical Islam.
The popular website, AintitCool.com, wrote, “We”ve all seen Fahrenheit 911. That’s one side of the story. So, in the spirit of open-minded debate, and seeing both sides of the story, I would encourage everyone to see [Confronting Iraq] as a companion piece to Moore’s.”
Scott O”Malley of the blog, TheJuxtaposition.com wrote, “If the smart and passionate folks at PBS ever approached a subject with the sobriety of a conservative mind―the result would approach this finely crafted and superbly executed film.”
“Confronting Iraq” has the potential to counter the noxious and subversive influence of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which uses the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an opportunity to attack President Bush and the U.S. response to global terrorism, including the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bootleg copies of the Moore film have been circulated in Iraq and are said to be having a “devastating” impact on U.S. morale, with some soldiers saying they are ashamed of their military service on behalf of “a lie.” Moore is now trying to get his film shown at U.S. military bases.
AIM is sending copies of the documentary to troops in the field in Iraq. The AIM film will be a real morale-booster for the Armed Forces because it describes how a successful outcome in Iraq is essential to U.S. national security interests. It features interviews with James Woolsey, former CIA director; Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner; Christopher Hitchens, author of A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq; Bernard Lewis, an expert on Islam from Princeton University; Victor Davis Hanson, a military historian and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution; Cliff May, president of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Frank Gaffney, President of Center for Security Policy and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Stephen Hayes, reporter for The Weekly Standard and author of the book The Connection, on Saddam’s ties to al Qaeda; Richard Miniter, author of Losing bin Laden; Tim Trevan former U.N. weapons inspector; and Jano Rosebiani, a Kurdish-American filmmaker who has documented Saddam’s mass graves.
The film has been shown at the American Film Renaissance in Dallas, and the Liberty Film Festival in Los Angeles, where it received a standing ovation.
The release of the film came in the wake of publication by The American Spectator of a provocative article challenging the media and policymakers to call the “war on terrorism” what it is””a war on militant Islam. Andrew C. McCarthy, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman in connection with the first World Trade Center bombing, says, “You can’t win a war without identifying who the enemy is, and I think we’ve bent over backwards to avoid labeling all of Islam as the enemy. That is fair enough. But I think we’ve gone overboard in saying that our enemy is terrorism. Terrorism is a method, not a person or a faction or an enemy.”
“Confronting Iraq” will be shown at more film festivals, and a distribution deal could be in the works. In the meantime, it can be purchased by visiting www.ConfrontingIraq.net.