Fire of Liberty
About two or three Sundays ago I tuned into C-SPAN's Q&A (8:00 p.m.), which is hosted by Brian Lamb, and watched an hour-long interview with Producer Steve James and Sgt. Zack Bazzi of the New Hampshire National Guard on the filming, participation and production of "The War Tapes." Now while I was a little leary of the documentary as I listened to their liberal tilt of these two individuals and after seeing Sgt. Zack Razzi brag on a clip from the movie about how the far-left magazine The Nation was his required reading in Iraq, I stuck around and watched the rest of the interview and more clips of the film and came around impressed. Instead of harping on and on about how we got into the war much like you find in most documentaries on Iraq (Look at "Why We Fight" or "Fahrenheit 9/11"(it features the Iraq War)), "The War Tapes" put more emphasis on the daily life of three grunts in theatre. While it does have some startling images of explosions and IED like we see on the news, this film puts these acts in a greater context and shows what our soldiers go through after these explosions. Instead of get the "if it bleeds, it leads" we see the soldiers reacting to the situation and then afterwards explaining what happened and they dealt with it. Something that caught my eye was the fact that our surgeons in the field hospitals (In hospitals like ours) were working just as hard to save the lives of insurgents who try their best to kill our soldiers. This just demonstrates the American love for life and our compassion that we're always ready to help. All in all, I have to say that The War Tapes is a must see for anyone who wants to get a solid look at our soldiers and their mission in Iraq. So go and find the movie and you won't be let down.
In the meantime, check out Michael Fumento's wonderful review of The War Tapes over at The Weekly Standard. Also, check out the Q&A interview with James and Sgt. Bazzi here.