Turning Point : 9/11 and the War on Terror is a documentary miniseries chronicling the 9/11 terrorist attacks and America’s subsequent military response — that has defined the last twenty years. With the total withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in 2021, this miniseries provides a timely retrospective assessment of America’s foreign policy failures.
Turning Point : 9/11 and the War on Terror consists of five episodes that analyse the various aspects of American failings – from the origins of Al-Qaeda out of the Afghan mujahideen who rebelled against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, financed by the Americans, which led to the Taliban to the recent end of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan, effectively granting power over the country back to the Taliban.
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In between, the miniseries touch about the 9/11 attacks themselves and the people deeply affected by the atrocity, American President George W Bush’s War on Terror making war on Afghanistan and Iraq, the creation of Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the liberal use of torture, the passing of the Patriot Act and the American government’s unconstitutional domestic surveillance, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the unfettered use of drone strikes resulting in motivating even more radicalised terrorist groups and ironically, the Americans ultimately ending back in square one.
Turning Point : 9/11 and the War on Terror does a good job in depicting the plight of the innocents caught up in this geopolitical insanity as American foreign policy – as always – does more harm rather than protect the citizens of the USA. The miniseries pulls no punches and exposes the utter idiocy of every executive action, none of the four Presidents are blameless.
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The echoes of Vietnam are evident here as the USA are unable to learn from past mistakes and in fact exacerbate the failures of every single military action undertaken since World War II. By the end of Turning Point : 9/11 and the War on Terror, there is a sense of inevitability about the endless cycle of American warmongering. A sad and harrowing look at recent American history – not a pretty sight.
Now streaming on Netflix.
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