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Green Zone Challenges Official Dogma on the Iraq War

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Green Zone is a war film with a message, one that is most certainly not about the honors or glories of war but rather the reasons and justifications for war that might be manufactured to create support for invasions or conflicts. As more and more members of the press and politicians push their dogmatic views on the Iraq War into the public, it's important for films like Green Zone to be produced.

Directed by Paul Greengrass and inspired by Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City, the story revolves around Chief Roy Miller (Matt Damon) whose role in Iraq is to lead missions to find the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that were touted as the justification for going to war. After following intelligence reports multiple times that lead to empty sites with no WMD at all, Miller makes the choice to raise the issue at a briefing.

In a scene featuring Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq War veteran and executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Miller explains to other soldiers how he believes the intelligence is flawed. Of course, he is told it is not his job to discern whether the intelligence is faulty or not; he is simply to follow orders and carry out missions as they are handed down.

Miller's curiosity and urge for the truth drives him from this point on. A key turning point comes when he happens upon an Iraqi, "Freddy," who has information he wishes to give to U.S. soldiers. Freddy discloses to Miller that there is a meeting with Baathist generals who used to serve Saddam. Miller chooses to follow this information and go somewhere where he is certain he might find answers to why he is in Iraq fighting a war.

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