"What would make a history-based movie from 50 years ago more relevant today than when it premiered back in the mid-1960s? The answer is events; the world has changed and has made the movie more relevant, more vital."
ONLY the other day I am casually perusing the TV channels and come across quite by accident the first few minutes of the movie "Khartoum".
"A 50-year-old Movie More Relevant than Ever"
As was noted in a previous blog entry, not since events in the Sudan  has a rag-tag bunch of fighters been able to defeat what appeared to be a professionally equipped and trained modern military force [the Iraqi National Army], 2014.
NOT ONLY the battle scene but the conversation between Prime Minister Gladstone of England and his privy council  probably about the same as President Obama had with his military experts and national security council .
"After this battle scene, the film cuts to England, where we’re privy to a meeting of Prime Minister Gladstone with his cabinet and military brass."
Question: "How can a modern army of ten thousand men be annihilated by desert dwellers armed with swords and spears?" - - Gladstone.
Answer: "Colonel Hicks and his men were fighting for wages. The Mahdi and his men were fighting a holy war. Also Hicks thought he was fighting an ignorant savage and he wasn’t. The Mahdi is the most extraordinary man the Sudan has ever seen. And he knows his people. He promised them a miracle, he had to deliver it." - - Colonel Stewart.
Also: "The Mahdi and his forces now have ten thousand rifle, five batteries of artillery and five million rounds of ammunition." - - Colonel Stewart.
THINK RATHER OF THE TWENTY-THREE HUNDRED HUMVEE AS CAPTURED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE IN MOSUL, 2014!
It was not for FIFTEEN YEARS that the army of the Dervish in the Sudan was finally subdued. And then only with monumental effort. With the Islamic State it will be more or less the same?