Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Recommended Reading


This piece by an Iraqui individual is going around after being published on the 15th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War of 2003. It's super important, and not just for the one quote everyone is posting.

Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country

One of the few sources of joy for me during these short visits were the encounters with Iraqis who had read my novels and were moved by them. These were novels I had written from afar, and through them, I tried to grapple with the painful disintegration of an entire country and the destruction of its social fabric. These texts are haunted by the ghosts of the dead, just as their author is.

We really did destroy Sinan Antoon's country. This completely bullshit war was just a front for a military occupation/looting. I mean, I knew all of that, but reading from the perspective of someone who grew up there and loved it? Devastating.

And we're still doing this kind of shit all over the region.

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