A superpower takes a lot of things to war. It takes tanks and planes and missiles and soldiers. It also takes – or tries to – its own reality: to believe, to impose.
But the battlefield has a reality, too. America came to Iraq with a vision of what was there, and what would come. But Iraqis have their own ideas, history, demands and dreams.
No reporter has been more effective in conveying that reality, which America now confronts, than Anthony Shadid, Arab-American Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for the Washington Post. His view is intimate, empathetic, and rough on illusions.
Hear a conversation with Shadid about the Iraqi view of the war and the world.
Anthony Shadid, author of “Night Draws Near: Iraq’s people in the Shadow of America’s War.”