Do Iraqi suicide bombers watch TV?
If so, they'll soon see a public service announcement asking them to please refrain from suicide bombing. The PSA is being filmed in Los Angeles by a company called 900 Frames and features live actors (well, until the bomb explodes), state-of-the-art special effects, the works. The budget: over $1 million.
Where is the money coming from? Mystery donors. "I call them an independent, non-governmental group of scholars, non political people," says Drew Plotkin of 900 Frames. "Some may live in Iraq, some may live abroad. For a variety of different reasons - from safety concerns to wanting the focus to remain on the issue itself - they decided to remain anonymous."
Yeah, we bet they want to remain anonymous. As Newsweek points out, the PSA "may be regarded as propaganda in a region already plagued by anti-American sentiment." Couple that with Matrix-like production techniques that make suicide bombing look kind of cool, and we might be looking at 350 suicide bombings a month instead of just 175.