In 1992, Werner Herzog
travaled to Kuwait to document the aftermath of the Gulf War. The end result is Lessons of Darkness.
Herzog's voice narrates the invasion without going into details about who the invaders are. The infrared images of the bombings transmited by CNN evoke flying saucers. "The war lasted just a few hours."
Herzog reads fragments of the Book of Revelation
while flying over the infernal landscape on a helicopter.
Lakes of hydrocarbons, giant columns of fire, black toxic clouds. The beauty is overwhelming, but Herzog doesn't forget that it came from destruction. When he shows a torture chamber, a room full of torture tools, words are unnecesary. There is a Kuwaiti woman with her son; she explains that the kid won't speak, he refuses to speak since the invasion started. We are left with the ecstatic images of devastation.