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In the Belly of the Green Bird by Nir Rosen
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Apr 03, 2012

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bookshelves: read-in-2012, non-fiction, politics
Read from April 26 to 30, 2012

(7/10) Nir Rosen offers a journalistic look at the causes of the civil war in Iraq, and in particular the political rhetoric of the various opposing factions. This is something that hasn't been paid too much attention to in the Western media, which just assumed it was those crazy sectarian brown people at it again, so it's refreshing to see an in-depth (if a bit condescending) look at the word on the street. Rosen sets out to describe the everyday Iraqi's experience of the war, and he doesn't really accomplish that, instead offering mostly quotes and summaries of the platforms of radical sesctarian parties, which sort of obscures the desperate conditions which would have given these parties support. But it does provide a valuable light that differentiates between a people that are often lumped together, and that's always valuable.

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