TITLE

Catch-22: The Weeds of War

AUTHOR(S)
Byler, J. Daryl
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Mississippi Review;Fall2004, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p113
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses several issues related to the Iraq war. The author says that when he traveled to Iraq in late September 2003, the cork-screw, missile-evading landing at Baghdad International Airport was the first clue to just how volatile things are in Iraq. Everyone they spoke with was anxious about the lack of security. Kidnappings, suicide bombings, murders and late night house raids had become all too common. The pervasive sense of insecurity had undermined efforts to rebuild Iraq's economy and infrastructure. It was clear that the United States was utterly unprepared to fulfill its legal duties as an occupying power. Things have only worsened in the intervening months since my visit to Iraq. Iraqi civilians continue to be victims of suicide bombers or U.S. military actions. In the weeks leading up to the Iraq war in early 2003, the author entered a 40-day water and juice only fast. Having previously traveled to Iraq in 1998 and again in 2002, he had a strong conviction that war would further undermine regional stability in the Middle East.
ACCESSION #
14644930

 

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