Thursday, March 21, 2013

Essay on the Ten-Year "Anniversary" of Iraq War

James Dao at The New York Times asked me to write a short reflection about what I was doing ten years ago as we invaded Iraq.  Like many people, I wasn't doing anything interesting, though, a year later, I would go to Iraq myself.  If, like me, you've been following major media outlets this week, there has been an oversaturation of soldiers and veterans reflecting on where they were ten years ago as the war began.  We should be aware that the Iraqi perspective is lacking, as it always has been, in most of our media and culture.  In short, Americans watched it on TV and Iraqis sat in their homes without power as bombs dropped near their homes, and in many cases, on their homes.  I've been reading Anthony Shadid's Night Draws Near which intimately discusses the lives of many Iraqis as the war began in Iraq in 2003.  It is a wonderful book that very much looks at the war from the Iraqi perspective.

Anyway, you can read my article here (it delves into reasons why war was desirable to a 19 year-old like me, though mostly it is just a simple reflection on what I was doing as we invaded.  I hope at least the many essays and articles like these begin more dialogue and thought concerning the wars).


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