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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

‘Iron Island’

If anyone thinks that living in today’s Iran is fun, check out the film Iron Island, which my wife and I watched last weekend as part of our continuing Iran After 2001 Festival.  (It is available from Netflix.) Most striking was the scene where a teenager is waterboarded by the central authority. For an odd ...

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If anyone thinks that living in today's Iran is fun, check out the film Iron Island, which my wife and I watched last weekend as part of our continuing Iran After 2001 Festival.  (It is available from Netflix.) Most striking was the scene where a teenager is waterboarded by the central authority.

For an odd double bill, I also watched the 1955 war film Dambusters. Very British. The needless (but historically accurate) use of the N-word was striking, but made the time feel as distant as the American Civil War. I mean, the British couldn't come up with a better code word for a target? 

 

If anyone thinks that living in today’s Iran is fun, check out the film Iron Island, which my wife and I watched last weekend as part of our continuing Iran After 2001 Festival.  (It is available from Netflix.) Most striking was the scene where a teenager is waterboarded by the central authority.

For an odd double bill, I also watched the 1955 war film Dambusters. Very British. The needless (but historically accurate) use of the N-word was striking, but made the time feel as distant as the American Civil War. I mean, the British couldn’t come up with a better code word for a target? 

 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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