Auteur: Parenti, Christian
Titel: The Freedom
Sub titel: Shadows And Hallucinations In Occupied Iraq
Last year, the most superbly equipped fighting force on the planet was led into the only type of war for which its experts deemed it unprepared: a highly politicized urban counterinsurgency. As the casualties mount, American troops discover there is no plan B, only an ad hoc set of tactics cobbled together and called a strategy. The Freedom provides a fearless and un-sanitized look at how the war is unfolding. We enter Baghdad as most journalists do - in a convoy of GMC Suburbans racing 95 miles-an-hour in tight, side-by-side formation. Once in the city, we encounter a relative of Saddam's who's scraping by while his father feeds money to the resistance; a former Fedayeen fighter who loves Limp Bizkit and Michael Bolton; the underage prostitutes who service U.S. soldiers and are hunted by religious vigilantes; the freshly minted MBAs who run the Coalition Provisional Authority's projects on privatization; the somnambulant American press corps and its fierce counterparts from al Jazeera and al Arabia. Finally, we are embedded with US troops, the unworldly working-class kids left holding the bag, forced to die for a war many of them don't support.
2005, 224 pag., Euro 14,25
The New Press, New York, ISBN 1595580379
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