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Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman's 2001 video documentary reminds us that the U.S. intervened in the Middle East to maintain its access to oil after World War II, instigating coups and supporting Saddam Hussein in the 1960s, and might have been able to forestall Iraq's 1991 invasion of Kuwait. It effectively argues that the starvation caused by the embargo following the gulf war strengthened Saddam and speculates that American troops and the people of the Middle East suffer high rates of illness because of depleted uranium in our weaponry, which now lies scattered across the desert. Brohy and Ungerman excel in the usual mix of archival footage and expert witnesses, though they might have placed the story in its larger historical context of human brutality and eco-ruin. 64 min.

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