According to Gen. Barry McCaffrey, "We can't shoot our way out of Afghanistan." Yet last week marked the eighth anniversary of the Afghanistan War. And President Barack Obama and the military establishment are discussing plans for escalation.

Against this backdrop, the "Real War" film series, sponsored by the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, will present the Bloomington premiere of Rethink Afghanistan. This documentary film was released this month and directed by Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Iraq for Sale).

The screening will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. It's part of the "Real War" film series, which takes place on the third Wednesday of each month. Attendance is free.

"Rethink Afghanistan is the most important film made about Afghanistan since the October 2001 U.S. invasion. "

Rethink Afghanistan is the most important film made about Afghanistan since the October 2001 U.S. invasion. It is a ground-breaking documentary focusing on the most important issues surrounding the war.

Rethink Afghanistan raises critical questions about Afghanistan and U.S. involvement in it, informing the viewers and challenging policymakers in Congress and the Obama Administration, whose perspectives don't take into account the high human cost of the occupation -- the soldiers, Marines and Afghan people who are paying the price for more than eight years of disastrous military policy.

As the Friends Committee on National Legislation points out, instead of escalating the war, the United States should begin withdrawing troops; halt offensive operations against the Taliban and focus on improving the living standards in areas not under Taliban control; support negotiations and reconciliation among all Afghan groups, including the Taliban; and greatly expand development aid and diplomatic efforts to achieve peace and security in the region.

Linda Greene can be reached at lgreene@bloomington.in.us.