Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Killers

I must sound like a broken record (a "broken podcast" just doesn't have the same ring to it), but I am always astounded by the quality reporting done for the Frontline documentaries on PBS. Last night's "The Insurgency" produced by Matt Haan takes this quality to a new level with a chilling account of what is happening in Iraq. Haan and his team used intermediaries to get interviews and film footage from the fighters who are killing and maiming U.S. troops and Iraqi soldiers and civilians. They also interviewed U.S. commanders and journalists in Iraq to gain an understanding of how the Baathist loyalists who originally led the insurgency have been muscled out of the way by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other foreign fighters. The Frontline Web site includes additional interviews, maps, analysis and readings. If you missed the show the first time around, you can watch it on the Frontline Web site starting on Friday night.


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