Anyone seen this show on the FX network? I'd read a review of it, and it sounded interesting: a look at the Iraq war through the eyes of the soldiers. Not done with a leaning towards one political side or the other, but done to give you an idea of what it's like to be "over there". The idea of not taking a moral position on the war kind of struck me as timid and commercially-influenced...but then I ran across an episode last night and I watched a few minutes. Holy crap. I gotta tell you, this is a really powerful show. In the episode I saw last night, several soldiers were assigned to operate a roadblock on a lonely road somewhere in the desert. The roadblock was designed to intercept wanted insurgents attempting to flee Iraq. Where I picked up the episode, the soldiers had an empty car just off the road, and they were trying to decide how to check it for explosives. They filled the engine and trunk with lead, and nothing happened. One of the men approached the car, but one of his buddies suggested that if it was a trunkful of C4, it wouldn't explode, even under a hail of bullets. So the man backed off, and they rigged a wire to pull the trunk open. The trunk opened and...nothing happened. Until, that is, the soldiers got up from behind the sandbags and started to walk towards the vehicle, at which point it erupted into the biggest motherin' explosion you ever saw. In another scene, in the dead of night, the nervous soldiers watched as a car approached from the distance with its headlights off. They watched it keep on coming, and fired some warning shots. The car didn't stop. When it got close they opened fire. The car crashed, and they approached it cautiously with rifles ready and aimed. The driver, an old man, was covered with blood and was dead. The closest soldier freaked when he saw that the back seat passenger was a little Iraqi girl. She was staring right at him. There was blood on the back seat too. The soldier was freaking out at the idea that they had possibly shot innocent civilians. Then he cautiously opened the back door...and the little girl fell forward. The back of her head was blown off. Then he really freaked. And then a second car approached, this one with its headlights on. The soldiers, now all very high strung, shouted for it to stop, and for a moment it looked like it wouldn't. Then the car pulled over, and they could see an Iraqi man and woman inside. The man said that his daughter had already been killed that night, and if the Americans wanted to kill him or his wife, they should do it already. [SPOILER WARNING] (mouse over to read) The nervous soldiers were about to let the car pass through, but one of them kept his presence of mind, and told the Iraqi driver to open the trunk. He did...and the soldiers discovered an insurgent hidden inside. They arrested him, but these young, scared men realized what it all meant. The Iraqis in the first and second cars were working together. The old man and the little girl were meant to be shot -- a sacrifice designed to make the soldiers so freaked out that they would let the second car go through unchallenged. The realization of this moral horror left these young men shaken. [END SPOILER WARNING] The great characteristic of this show is that the men, the soldiers, aren't all battle-hardened veterans. Most of them are extremely scared, edgy young guys placed in a situation 'way outside of their experience. And that makes it fascinating to watch. At least in the 20-minute segment that I saw. But I'd recommend that you check it out. If the show is this good on a regular basis, then for sheer intensity it would seem to rival 24.