via The Battle of Algiers (1965, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
"Challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the  Pentagon recently held a screening of The Battle of Algiers, the film  that in the late 1960’s was required viewing and something of a teaching  tool for radicalized Americans and revolutionary wannabes opposing the  Vietnam War.
Back in those days the young audiences that often sat through  several showings of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1965 re-enactment of the urban  struggle between French troops and Algerian nationalists, shared the  director’s sympathies for the guerrillas of the F.L.N., Algeria’s  National Liberation Front.
The Pentagon’s showing drew a more professionally detached audience  of about 40 officers and civilian experts who were urged to consider  and discuss the implicit issues at the core of the film — the  problematic but alluring efficacy of brutal and repressive means in  fighting clandestine terrorists in places like Algeria and Iraq. Or more  specifically, the advantages and costs of resorting to torture and  intimidation in seeking vital human intelligence about enemy plans.
As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: ‘How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas.  Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range. Women plant bombs in  cafes. Soon the entire Arab population builds to a mad fervor. Sound  familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails  strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film.’”
-“What Does the Pentagon See in Battle of Algiers?”, The New York Times (via) (photo via)

via The Battle of Algiers (1965, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)

"Challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the Pentagon recently held a screening of The Battle of Algiers, the film that in the late 1960’s was required viewing and something of a teaching tool for radicalized Americans and revolutionary wannabes opposing the Vietnam War.

Back in those days the young audiences that often sat through several showings of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1965 re-enactment of the urban struggle between French troops and Algerian nationalists, shared the director’s sympathies for the guerrillas of the F.L.N., Algeria’s National Liberation Front.

The Pentagon’s showing drew a more professionally detached audience of about 40 officers and civilian experts who were urged to consider and discuss the implicit issues at the core of the film — the problematic but alluring efficacy of brutal and repressive means in fighting clandestine terrorists in places like Algeria and Iraq. Or more specifically, the advantages and costs of resorting to torture and intimidation in seeking vital human intelligence about enemy plans.

As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: ‘How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range. Women plant bombs in cafes. Soon the entire Arab population builds to a mad fervor. Sound familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film.’”

-“What Does the Pentagon See in Battle of Algiers?”, The New York Times (via) (photo via)