By Nir Rosen
Nir Rosen’s Aftermath, a unprecedented feat of reporting, follows the contagious unfold of radicalism and sectarian violence that the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the consequent civil conflict have unleashed within the Muslim world.
Rosen—who the Weekly Standard as soon as bitterly complained has “great entry to the Baathists and jihadists who make up the Iraqi insurgency”— has spent approximately a decade between warriors and militants who've been tough American energy within the Muslim global. In Aftermath, he tells their tale, displaying the opposite facet of the U.S. battle on terror, touring from the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad to the alleys, villages, refugee camps, mosques, and killing grounds of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and at last Afghanistan, the place Rosen has a terrifying come upon with the Taliban as their “guest,” and witnesses the recent Obama surge fizzling in southern Afghanistan.
Rosen used to be one of many few Westerners to enterprise contained in the mosques of Baghdad to witness the 1st stirrings of sectarian hatred within the months after the U.S. invasion. He indicates how guns, strategies, and sectarian rules from the civil battle in Iraq penetrated neighboring international locations and threatened their balance, specifically Lebanon and Jordan, the place new jihadist teams mushroomed. additionally, he exhibits that the unfold of violence on the highway point is frequently the end result of particular guidelines hatched in Washington, D.C. Rosen bargains a seminal and provocative account of the surge, instructed from the viewpoint of U.S. troops at the floor, the Iraqi protection forces, Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents that have been either allies and adversaries. He additionally tells the tale of what occurred to those militias when they outlived their usefulness to the Americans.
Aftermath is either a distinct own background and an unsparing account of what the USA has wrought in Iraq and the area. the result's a hair- elevating, 360-degree view of the fashionable battlefield its consequent humanitarian disaster, and the truth of counterinsurgency.
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Pech strode up to Nguon and tilted his head to look up at him with a questioning expression. ” “I worked in a vegetable and fruit stand,” he lied. ” Pech asked suspiciously. “No. I hate capitalists,” Nguon responded. “Show me your hands,” Pech demanded with a black look. Nguon held out his hands and Pech bent over to study his fingers and palms—searching for a soldier’s blisters or calluses, Nguon explained to Tor later. ” Tor was shaking now with fear, and could hardly stand as Nguon took off his shirt.
Chapter 3 A h, that limousine ride. The beginning of my education about this woman who would dominate my life ever after. ” Would I have allowed myself to become an executioner, a murderer? To play god? To be a crusher or creator of governments? To become Joy’s lover? Joy’s lover, of course. As to the rest, well, it went along with the territory, didn’t it? I reached the front door of my faculty apartments at 5:30. It was more than being anal about punctuality. I couldn’t wait to see Joy again.
Day after day, Tor and Nguon plodded along the narrow roads and trails, crowded together in the jumble of humanity that flowed out of Phnom Penh. The Khmer Rouge had told them that the evacuation was for a few days. This had been a lie. To minimize disorder, Nguon guessed. Aside from the outright killing by the Khmer Rouge soldiers, the arduous evacuation, the lack of food and medical facilities, exposure, and sheer fatigue and emotional stress soon took its toll. Babies, young children, old people; the already sick, injured, and infirm died along the way.