The NY Times website is running a 6-minute video op-ed composed of interviews with insurgents interspersed with polling data. The interviews are taken from a new documentary movie which purports to lift "the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle, and documenting for the very first time, the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied."

The NY Times video can be found here. The film's website is here.

A cursory viewing makes it seem as if the filmmakers have bought into the insurgent narrative hook, line, and sinker. They present the insurgency as a purely nationalist response to an invading power, discount the role of sectarianism as a motivator for the violence we are seeing in Iraq right now (and even present data that supposedly indicates the vast majority of attacks in Iraq are against US and coalition troops), and basically conclude that the sooner foreign forces are pulled out the sooner Iraqis can go back to the peace they truly desire. Basically, it looks like the kind of video I'd expect to find on a jihadi website--except it's front and center on the NY Times and the documentary has garnered awards from all manner of international film festivals.

I'm curious what others think.