Grendel sent in “this interesting film strip”:http://einestages.spiegel.de/static/entry/der_film_der_seinen_zweck_verfehlte/12515/nachkriegspropaganda.html?f=POSITION&o=ASCENDING&s=0&r=1&a=1822&c=1 by the famous war-time propagandist “Frank Capra”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Capra. The film was shown to American soldiers assigned to the occupying force in Germany after the second world war.
The opening statement of the film is apropos of the situation in Iraq:
bq. “By your conduct and attitude while on guard inside Germany you can lay the groundwork of a peace that could last forever… or just the opposite.”
The film advises aloofness and encourages suspicion of _all_ Germans. It paints a picture of the “tender German people” as diseased warmongers not to be trusted. The German imperialist imperative cannot be resolved simply by removing the leadership. The ex-Nazi officials, out of uniform stormtroopers and former SS remain hidden by the mob, an insurgency lying in wait. The message is sharply blunt, emphasized by imagery of desecrated US flags, crying women and dead children. It doesn’t have any of the subtlety of the advanced COIN theory of the 21st century. It is an amazing piece of work. If anyone has access to some comparable contemporary stuff, it would be great to see it side by side with this film. However, in an era victimized by political correctness, could we ever see a film comparable to this?