Time for Michael Bay to give back to his country

Newsweek reports that we’ve finally found an effective way to combat the Iraq War insurgency: marry our love of cartoonish violence with Muslim extremists’ passion for American cultural exports like True Lies and Executive Decision.

A Lebanese film company has joined forces with an American one to film a 60-second PSA that simulates a Baghdad suicide bombing on a Los Angeles street. Plans are to discourage the use of the tactic by airing the spot on Iraqi television during terrorist prime time peak hours–sandwiched in between “According to Osama” and “CSI: Tikrit.”

Lorraine Ali writes:

They recently transformed an industrial block in downtown LA into a busy Baghdad square, filled with fruit stands, shoe repair shops and rug dealers. At least 60 extras dressed in hijabs, kaffiyehs and polyester-wool blend slacks were herded onto the set to simulate an average shopping day.

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Onlookers were later asked to stand back as the pyrotechnic crew blew up a poor old Yugo coupe and stunt men and women, padded under their Arab garb, were thrust into the air with ropes and pulleys to simulate the impact of a bomb exploding. “We all watch it on the evening news,” says 900 Frames partner Drew Plotkin, “but we’re using a 120-camera set up that was used in films like The Matrix. It gives a frozen-in-time feeling. Instead of seeing a flash and ambulances racing to the scene, we’re showing the street right before the attack, during and right after. That will communicate the horror, the carnage, the human toll these attacks take on innocent civilians.”

We haven’t a clue what evening news Plotkin has been watching, but we can certainly imagine a bunch of insurgents recording the spot and watching it over and over while they try to top each other with “MST3K”-style commentary.