Two important articles were recently published that show what has happened and is happening in Iraq, and what the results are for US troops and Iraqis alike. The first is “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness”, in which The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States. The second “is the perfect companion to the piece independent reporter Dahr Jamail has written for Tomdispatch” and “through a series of wrenching emails Jamail has received recently from Iraq, you get a small sense of what the dark and horrific war the American vets described to Hedges and al-Arian, a war only escalating in brutality, looks like to the Iraqis”
By Chris Hedges & Laila Al-Arian
The Nation - posted July 9, 2007 (July 30, 2007 issue)
Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts.
By Tom Engelhardt and By Dahr Jamail
posted July 12
Iraq on My Mind
Having spent a fair amount of time in occupied Iraq, I now find living in the United States nothing short of a schizophrenic experience. Life in Iraq was traumatizing. It was impossible to be there and not be affected by apocalyptic levels of violence and suffering, unimaginable in this country.