Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part II
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
October 13, 2005
On Thursday, October 13th, 2005 the Eyes Wide Open film series began its
fall schedule with the showing of Hidden Wars of Desert Storm. This
documentary directed by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy was based on two
years of investigation. It features interviews with many prominent
personalities including General Norman Schwarzkopf, Desert Storm
Commander, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former U.N. Iraq
Program Director Denis Halliday, former UNSCOM team leader Scott Ritter
and others. (See the hand-out distributed at the screening)
The film raises several questions among them are: Were all diplomatic
means really utilized to try to resolve the issue of Iraq troops in
Kuwait? Was there truly a threat, on the part of Iraq, against Saudi
Arabia or against any other Gulf States? Why wasnt Washingtons rhetoric
against Saddam ever matched by any real support to the Iraqi opposition
groups? Why was the march to Baghdad called off? Why were U.S. troops
exposed to depleted uranium weapons, without their knowing, until the mystery of the Gulf War Syndrome was explained? Isnt the use of
depleted uranium weapons a breach of the Geneva Convention as well?
We were fortunate to have at this viewing a special guest, Ornella
Sangiovanni from the Italian organization Un ponte per...Baghdad.
Ornella, as a member of this group, has followed the situation in Iraq for
many years and contributed to the evening by sharing some of her
experience and insights. Before March 2003, she had visited Iraq several
times to assist with community projects sponsored by her organization.
Presently, she helps to maintain the website Osservatorio Iraq which you
can access for timely information in Italian.
The discussion was lively and went on until 11pm! There were several comments about the lack of
courage on the part of U.S. journalists in not getting the full story to
the U.S. populace. It was conjectured that if U.S. citizens knew the whole story
of the first Gulf War than there would have been more opposition to the
embargo, and continued random bombings. It was thought that certainly the
garnering of public support by the Bush administration for the invasion of
March 2003 would have been more difficult to obtain if citizens had more
The viewing of this film prompted the U.S. Citizens for Peace and
Justice-Rome to write a second letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Mr.
Spogli. Once again, we asked for a meeting to dialogue about our differing
perspectives and raised more questions about the U.S governments
misguided war in Iraq.
Special thanks to filmmakers Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy for their support and to Linux Club for their hospitality.
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn Assad in Syria and al-Malaki in Iraq, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
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