We're watching a couple of stories for Tuesday’s program, including the new DVD that is just out in stores called "Buried in the Sand" (search).
The director is an Army veteran, and he made the film as an answer to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" (search). The film is said to be gruesome, including footage of the beheading of Nick Berg and Saddam's henchmen torturing people. The director says he made the film to show people the brutality of Saddam's regime and in doing so, to show what coalition forces have rescued the Iraqi people from.
I've tried to buy this DVD today at the Virgin Megastore (search) here in New York City and it's sold out. Meanwhile a city councilman is arguing that it is graphic and should not be sold in stores. The Shell company has told some of the mini-marts at its gas stations to pull the film from the shelves. "Buried in the Sand" has already sold up to 100,000 copies in other outlets, mainly the Web.
Where do you stand on this? Is this a dose of reality that, though hard to stomach, is important for Americans to see? Or should it not be sold in stores? Also, is it something that will end up being abused as entertainment by sick people? Let me know what you think. The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. The organization I mentioned on the show today that helps soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is called "Salute America's Heroes" and the Website is www.saluteheroes.org.
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