YOUR NIGHTLY VIDEO: More Relevant Than Ever — ‘The Battle of Algiers’

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By: Greg Mitchell

Did you go out and rent “The Battle of Algiers” a couple years back when word emerged that viewing this 1960s masterpiece on anti-insurgent warfare was now practically required viewing in certain Pentagon and government offices?

No? Well, maybe this will get you going: President Bush revealed in his “60 Minutes” interview that he is now reading (at the urging of Henry Kissinger) Alistair Horne’s classic book on the French 1954-1962 colonial adventure in Algeria, “A Savage War of Peace.”

So what are you waiting for? Find this DVD. Even without its obvious relevance, the movie is must-viewing anyway, a critics’ favorite for decades — so vivid it surely must be a documentary, but is not.

Here are two clips. The first is the movie trailer. The second really resonates today: The lead French military officer explains to the press why he has to brutally suppress the insurgency — isn’t this what the French, and their newspapers, want? Then we see graphic images of beatings and torture.

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Previous: Last year, Stephen Colbert “entertained” the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner. This year they are welcoming….Rich Little. Here’s a little Little, off Letterman:

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For MLK Day, Sam Cooke singing the most powerful, if not greatest, song of our time, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” over a montage of Black History images.

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And here’s the Dylan version:

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