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英语报刊选读 7 Unit 3 Contents Iraq War (2003) Text Army Study of Iraq War Details a “Morass” of Supply Shortages Discussion • Hu Jintao, top CPC leaders meet the press (from China Daily, Oct. 22nd, 2007) • Composer Tan Dun to employ "organic music" in Olympic production (from China Daily, Oct. 22nd, 2007) Iraq War • What do you know about the Iraq War in 2003? • Video material —— a newsreel: Fahrenheit 9/11 Best picture of 2004 Cannes Film Festival 第57届戛纳电影节金棕榈奖得主 Fahrenheit 9/11 • Fahrenheit 9/11 is a film by American filmmaker Michael Moore that presents a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the "War on Terrorism", and its coverage in the American news media. The film holds the record for highest box office receipts by a general release political film. Fahrenheit 9/11 • In the film, Moore contends that American corporate media were "cheerleaders" for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and did not provide an accurate and objective analysis of the rationale for the war or the resulting casualties there. The film's harsh attack on the Bush administration generated much controversy around the time of the film's release, including disputes over its accuracy. Fahrenheit 9/11 • The film debuted at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in the documentary film category and was awarded the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), the festival's highest award. Fahrenheit 9/11 • The film had a general release in the United States and Canada on June 23, 2004. It has since been released in 42 more countries. As of January 2005, the film had grossed nearly US$120 million in U.S. box office, and over US$220 million worldwide, an unprecedented amount for a political film. Sony reported first- day DVD sales of two million copies, again a new record for the genre. Fahrenheit 9/11 • The title of the film alludes to Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian view of the future United States, substituting the burning temperature of paper with date of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Reading for general idea • What harassed American forces, according to the first official Army history of the Iraq war? • What do you know about the Army Study? • Do you know the writing purpose of this article? Further reading • Opening (para.1) • Supply shortage (para.2-17) radio deficiency (para.18) disappointing psychological operations (para.19-21) no reliable intelligence (para.22-24) • Closing (para.25) Discussion • What’s the most important motive of Bush administration to make the decision of invading Iraq? • How do you make a personal appraisal of Iraq War? Was it a just war? • Could you make a prediction about the future of the Iraq War?
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