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High Tea in Mosul by Lynne O'Donnell
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Jul 27, 2010

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Lynne O’Donnell is a journalists who meets Pauline and Margaret while in Iraq reporting on the war. They are both Englishwomen who married Iraqi men in the 70s and had lived in Iraq for thirty odd years when Dubya decided to bomb the crap out of that country.

This book is an interesting mixture of anecdotal east reading, and tracts which feel like a long newspaper article. What this book certainly did bring home was what a bad idea the war was, and how it adversely affected people both in Iraq, and the American soldiers sent to restore law and order.

The women talk of the terror in the faces of the young American soldiers as they realise they are in a country that does not welcome them with open arms and gratitude, but rather with internal turmoil and fear. The simple civic destruction of Iraq is what affected the people of the country – no electricity, no law and order, no hospitals, no money. These are the effects of war, these are the people who pay the price of war, not the generals and the presidents.

I hope that one day, eventually, Blair and Bush have to account for what they did, and the real reason – oil!

Pauline and Margaret were just ordinary women living their lives with their husbands and children, like millions of other Iraq citizens. And now they have nothing, no home, no savings, no jobs. No country.

A readable book which is at times a little dry, but always fascinating.

War is NEVER a good option.
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