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Winning the Peace

  • 18 mins
  • 95%
  • 17+
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2004
  • Dramas

On June 14th, 2003, The New York Times ran a photograph on its front page of an American soldier kneeling and embracing one of his fellow men. Upon reading the caption, the reader discovers the cause of the soldier’s anguish: Iraqi children have been maimed by unexploded battlefield ordinance. This image of war in the 21st Century begs for back story. Beyond the immediate tragedy of the destruction of a innocent lives, the events that produced this image had to reflect something fundamental about this particular war, for both the men in the photo and for their fellow Americans. Winning the Peace is the story of an Iraqi American Marine on a personal crusade to redeem his place of birth. Following Aristotle’s rule of thumb that tragedy must befall noble men, our hero believes strongly in America’s mission in Iraq. His actions around his men belie a deeper belief in the righteousness of his duties beyond professional soldiering. Ultimately our hero's moral imperative to torment the wicked and save the aggrieved proves untenable. He fails and as we watch him, his failure is our failure, the failure of our belief in brutality as a means to an end.