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The Efforts of Many in Washington in the Fight Against the Red Empire A Critical Analysis of the film “Charlie Wilson's War” Alfred Mai Section: Tuesday, 4:00-4:50 pm Word Count: 1104 Thesis: Although Charlie Wilson was a great contributer to the success of the Afghan resistance against the Soviets, the film falsely portrayed Wilson as seemingly the only voice on Capitol Hill fighting to help the Afghans.
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The conflict between the Soviets and the Afghan resistance forces, and the victory the Afghans achieved, is no small part of history. The victory by the Mujahideen, or Afghan freedom fighters, signaled the end of Soviet dominance in the world and displayed the weakness of their once perceived invincible military. It played a big role in the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The film Charlie Wilson's War sheds more light on this crucial conflict, tries to explain how the war was won and how a representative named Charlie Wilson was able to greatly aid the Mujahideen. Although Charlie Wilson was a great contributer to the success of the Afghan resistance against the Soviets, the film falsely portrayed Wilson as seemingly the only voice on Capitol Hill fighting to help the Afghans. The film Charlie Wilson's War takes place during the height of the Cold War in the 1980s and is based on a true story of a Texas Congressman who helped arm the Afghani resistance against the Soviets during the Soviet-Afghan War. The film starts out by depicting Congressman Wilson as an alcoholic womanizer who later on meets a powerful Texan Socialite by the name of Joanne Herring. She makes the Soviet-occupied Afghanistan her own personal project and convinces Charlie, who happens to sit on two defense committees, to go to Pakistan and witness the Afghan refugee camp. The sight of hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees affected Charlie Wilson and upon returning to Washington, he began his quest to increase funding for the Mujahideen, Afghan freedom fighters, by
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