Inside Iraq

James Buchan

Humiliated in war by the West, terrorized by their own government, reduced to paupers, unwelcome anywhere in the world, the Arabs of Iraq are falling to pieces. It is not simply that with their money and savings destroyed and their goods embargoed, their living standards have fallen to the level of at least thirty years ago. In their own eyes, as Iraqis, and above all as Arabs, they have been reduced to nothing. I have never seen a people so demoralized. Everybody I met, even the most repellent Ba’athi thug and extortionist, felt himself a victim.

The Waiter’s Wife
Telling Him