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The Ground Truth: After The Killing Ends

2006, Military and War  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 7.80/10from 5 users.

Hailed as powerful and quietly unflinching, Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences.

The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities.

The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government.

As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jackson Keddell

    The techniques for enabling killing detailed by David Grossman as utilised by modern militaries seem to not be proof against the workings of individuals' consciences, as different from a more neutral PTSD. These people have sinned against themselves, the hardest thing to forgive.

  2. Mrad60

    Appalling. All this is done in the name of Americans who were barely conscious it was happening. But ignorance is a choice one makes. May God forgive us for allowing this stupid war to happen.

  3. Mrad60

    Appalling. May God forgive us for allowing this stupid war to happen.

  4. 1wmreich1

    I am a Vietnam Veteran. There is one thing missing which should be the closing 30 seconds of the press conference where Bush was asked, 'What does
    Saddam Hussein and Iraq, have to do with 9-11?'
    His answer was one word - 'Nothing'.

    Excellent Presentation!

    1. Joan Dawson

      I was young girl when the Vietnam was in action. Although I'm south African we have a magazine which showed all the soldiers, bleeding etc. It broke and still breaks my heart. Thank you for your sacrifice. The worst think that has always struck me about the American system, is the manner that you Veterans then and now are treated. It is a shame and my heart goes out to you. Regarding "Nothing" then why did he send innocent young men their death or coming home mutilated. I just have no words these kind of comments. Shocking. I pray for you brave soldier. God Bless

  5. cancelyourcablenow

    Follow the money trail and you will know who is responsible for all the wars. And it's not Bush and Blair. "They are virtual reality presidents" as Bill Clinton said.

  6. robbo comeaux

    I spoent a year in Vietnam 1968-69...that entire WAR was based on a total LIE (see the Gulf of Tonkin)....wars DO NOT WORK! I have one lung; thanks to "harmless: Agent Orange.

  7. cristina

    la guerra hace parte de nuestra condicion humana,aun no somos capaces de respectar la vida ,una persona que mata a otra persona tiene la culpa ella misma, no importa si ha recibido una orden el dedo que aprieta el gatillo es tuyoy la desicion de matar es tuya ..Aproposito,eeuu es solamente el pitbul de uk asi que la culpa viene de europa como siempre

  8. Techn8ve

    The biggest mistake the military ever made was to bar or disallow the enlistment of felons or criminals. These are the real gung ho, natural-born killers and winners of all past wars and conflicts, look at the gangbangers; no remorse or frustrated guilt with any of them!!

    However, the more one thinks about it the more one comes to realize that the ultimate criminals have no felony charges on their records and they don't have to worry about enlistment bcuz their the ones in charge.

    1. oddsrhuge

      Apparently they have re-instituted this practice.

      My thought is why don't we start enlisting the children and relatives of all senators and politicians who vote in favour of a war, as the front line?

  9. yangchen

    In every society there will always be upper few to manipulate things to achieve their personal goals. But the real power lies with the common people who are in majority. The conscience of doing the right thing ultimately by this majority gives us the hope to change and see a better world. Heads off to the soldiers who not only realized what they have done but also came out to share the truth. These soldiers should be proud of their realization. The only way they could make them selves feel better is to come out and try to make a difference in someones' life.

  10. Ahmed

    God is Great ,every nation which did misery fall ,and i believe that America is not an Exception ,they will become the lowest nation and captured by other nation ,and will taste the same cup it gives to others,remember Rome? Greece now struggle for survive,Soviet? Dissected,China ,Tortured by British,Mongol ?captured,Even Islamic Empire after they disobeyed God and loved life more than hereafter ,we are what we are now

  11. abdelhak

    all was for the sake of MR BUSH, fantasies...., how ever there some good americans who,said loudly''we have killed innocent people'', unlike; the japaness who still glorify thier massacres in china,philippines,and the rest of east aisa...of course for the sake of the ''son of heavean''hirohito,the devil...

  12. j.s.

    for now it is o.k. to kill.

    but after 30 years there won't be anyone who will trust americans.

    the worst is that those soldiers still think they are doing this because of 9/11, whereas it is still not proven who did it... but as time passes the truth is slowly coming out and it is pointing out that 9/11 was definitely an inside job.

    those iraqi never did anything to the american nor the afghani. these people were know for their extraordinary courtesy and generosity.

    remember that injustice was done and now even if bush and blair are convicted of crime against humanity. the soul of millions of iraqui and afghani have definitely turned against the american.

    america could have been remembered as one of the greatest country in world history. but 50 years down the line history would record america as the greatest war mongers in the history of the world. vietnam, cambodia, iraq, afghanistan, panama, grenada, somalia, ... how many inocent people have you killed???!!!