Conceived in early 2003 when an Iraq invasion by US forces was looming overhead, Madonna and director Jonas Åkerlund filmed a potent, tongue-in-cheek, and prophetic war-is-fashionable-in-a-consumer-obsessed-culture video satire in protest of the potential US invasion of Iraq, US - Afghanistan war and the Bush-Cheney administration's fascist-like attempts to shift an open society into a fear-mongering one. Indeed, it seemed to be the perfect storm plan of art, politics, media, controversy, and timing to dove-tail succinctly with the release of the 'American Life' single and album. Nevertheless, executives at Warner Music Group, Madonna's recording label already displeased with the general anti-pop theme of the forthcoming LP and anticipating record-low album sales pressured Madonna against releasing the music video. Consequently, in March 2003 days before the video's world premiere on music channels, Madonna cancelled the release and issued a statement saying that, "I do not believe that it is appropriate to air it (the video) at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect for the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video." Because of this, Madonna & Jonas quickly re-shot and released a politically correct second version of the video one week later that featured her singing in front of the world's flags that when viewed next to the original greatly pales in comparison. Rumors immediately ensued, accusing Warner Music Group of censorship. More interestingly and ironic is how the American - Iraq war eventually played out and altered history around the world in many places for the worse. From the thousands of casualties on both sides which continue to the present day, the weapons of mass destruction deception manufactured by the Bush-Cheney administration, the global financial recession of 2008, the influx of radical Islamic terrorist groups around the world, the failed Arab spring uprising, the Syrian war atrocities, to the consequential rise to power and agenda of ISIS/ISIL. It is no stretch to say that we were fairly warned in 2003.