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Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace
by Peggy Gish
Peggy Gish went to Iraq as an attempt to prevent war. But on March 20, 2003, the bombs began falling on Baghdad. In her book, Gish recounts the moving story of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) work in Iraq, before, during, and after the 2003 war and occupation. Told as her personal story,Gish makes real the story of prisoner abuse, the character of the Iraqi people, and a ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 3rd 2004 by Herald Press (VA)
(first published September 1st 2004)
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Peggy Gish, as part of the Christian Peacemaker Teams for Iraq had an extreme burden for the people of Iraq when President George W. Bush made the announcement that he was going to attack the country no matter what. She went there before the bombs came down back in October, 2002. She was there alongside Shane Claiborne and other CPT members during the bombings in order to try to speak for the people there and get to know them. She formed great bonds with the people and learned of their hearts an ...more
I know Peggy Gish as a dedicated pacifist-activist from Athens, Ohio. Over the last decade, she and her (now late) husband, Art, joined Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and Palestine serving as witnesses and peacemakers in these conflict zones. This is her account of her time working in Iraq leading up to and shortly after the US invasion. Though her choice of descriptions is not without blind spots—the depravity and violence of Sadaam’s regime warrants only occasional mention—her book is an e ...more
This writing begins immediately before the U. S. "Shock and Awe" bombing of Iraq in 2003 when the author traveled as a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams to witness for the Iraqi people in the interest of peace and justice. If you would like a deeper understanding of the damage done to the Iraqi people by economic sanctions, the Gulf War and Shock and Awe, depleted uranium, and corporate contol given to U.S. companies Bechtel and Halliburton, then this book will inform you.