Saturday, September 24, 2005

"Such an Odious Task"

More ambivalence on World War II from French television, with Arte presenting a two-episode documentary on the capitulation of Japan.

The first of two episodes focused on Douglas McArthur's handling of "the ceremonies like a Hollywood superproduction", a phrase which contains a double suggestion: not only can't you believe what Americans tell you, but spectacle-minded Americans have no heart for the of the vanquished. I.e., Americans are treacherous and heartless.

Now what can we expect from Arte's "documentary" on the trial of Saddam Hussein?

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