In Iraq, the Day After

The war in Iraq is indeed over, at least the conflict as it was understood during its first five years: insurgency, communal cleansing, gangland turf battles and an anarchic, often futile quest to survive. In other words, civil war -- though civil war was always too tidy a term for it. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Jan 2, 2009 - 9:56 AM PST
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Lewyn Li
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by Lewyn Li - Jan. 3, 2009

The article describes, in an almost lyrical/philosophical rather than purely factual way, a sense of uncertainty hanging over Baghdad. I personally would like to see more evidence e.g. interviews etc. In my opinion, the writer breaks out of the (more) conventional "the surge has worked - violence is down - things are better" storyline, and attempts to portray an atmosphere of suspended animation, where violence (or something as dramatic) is always just beneath the surface.

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Jan. 2, 2009
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Kenneth Sibbett
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by Kenneth Sibbett - Jan. 3, 2009

Mr. Shadid does a good job taken us down memory lane. Let's hope in the next few years, the only memories the U.S. Military have to look at or pictures or videos of that God-forsaken place.

I hope Iraq takes advantage of the opportunities that the U.S. and the Coalition made to make them a free country. While I hear that they still refer to us as murderous pigs, maybe in the future as they read what we really went through to save their asses, they'll get over it.

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