John Pilger delves into the realities of the ‘war on terror’ in his investigative documentary. With a critical eye, he scrutinizes the claims made by American and British authorities against the backdrop of Afghanistan and Washington, DC.

Following the commencement of bombings in 2001, George W. Bush assured Afghanistan of American and allied support. However, the aftermath reveals a different picture: the resurgence of old warlords, a resurgence of religious fundamentalism, and ongoing military conflicts. Despite promises of liberation, Afghanistan now hosts American military bases and pipeline access, while its people grapple with the oppressive rule of warlords, described by one woman as worse than the Taliban.

In Washington, Pilger engages in revealing interviews with key figures such as William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, and prominent administration officials like Douglas Feith and John Bolton. These individuals, along with other architects of the Project for the New American Century, had previously been dismissed as ‘the crazies’ by the early 90s Bush administration for their advocacy of pre-emptive strikes and global dominance.

Pilger’s documentary sheds light on the stark contrast between political rhetoric and ground realities, challenging prevailing narratives and uncovering inconvenient truths about the ‘war on terror’.

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