‘Once Upon a Time in Iraq’ — White Man’s Burden meets Apocalypse Now

BBC2’s much heralded five-part documentary series on the war in Iraq and its aftermath — Once Upon a Time in Iraq — is both compelling and disappointing in equal part. Directed by James Bluemel and narrated by Andy Serkis (of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fame), though its intentions may have been noble, and though much of it is sufficiently gripping, by the end the…