Black Hawk Down Analysis

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Black Hawk Down is a movie created to show how risky and how fast the life of a soldier can turn around. It portrays the Battle to Mogadishu, which was a battle fought between a special task force of the US Army and Somali militia in order to restore order, capture Mohamed Farrah Aidid; self-proclaimed president of Somalia, and capture Osman Ali; a very influential war lord who helps arm Aidid’s militia. The title Black Hawk Down comes into play when two of the American Special Forces black hawk helicopters take a heavy amount of ammunition and RPG’s and are taken down right out of the air, causing the soldiers to re-route their operation, and go on foot. This movie puts us in the soldier’s boots, just as we see in “Saving Private Ryan” as …show more content…
The US still successfully captured both of the leaders they had set out for. Maybe not in the thirty minutes as planned but it was achieved none the less. The movie depicts the battle very well but there are some parts that leave you feeling vague and needing more detail. The opening scene for example shows a flyover of a United Nations relief distribution camp but it does not go into detail about how the United Nations have been trying to help the Somali people during a time of famine and civil war. The United Nations had been trying to launch relief operations in Somali from April 1992 to March of 1993. These operations were stopped by Aidid’s troops, so the United Nations turned to the United States for help.
Black Hawk Down also makes you believe that this was the first occurrence of strife in Somalia between the US, UN and Aidid. In actuality, the first occurrence was in June 1993 when Pakistani soldiers under the command of the U.N were shot and skilled after Aidid’s general thought they were trying to shut down a radio station. That same day, soldiers were attacked at a relief sight where mostly women and children were trying to get food. Black Hawk down doesn’t really give you much insight on these past occurrences that make a huge difference in the telling of the

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