Iraq war

The bagpipe squawks for thee: first thoughts on 'Black Watch'

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If you thought the theatricalized story of a jaunty and imperiled Scottish regiment in Iraq in 2004 would come off as a sort of "Trainspotting meets Black Hawk Down," you wouldn't be too far off the mark -- in a very positive way. I'll leave the nuts and bolts reviewing of full-force National Theatre of Scotland via American Conservatory Theater's spectacular "Black Watch," (through June 16) presented at the huge Mission Armory, to my colleague Robert Avila in next Wednesday's Guardian. But my first thoughts upon emerging from Sunday night's opening performance, after I cleaned the constant stream of expletives from my ears (and a bit of something from my eye) is that yae fookin' coonts moost sae this pish, i.e. the production and performances are well worth the gasp-inducing $100 ticket price.

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The lies of war

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I was listening to Democracy Now this morning, and the introduction to a segment on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War started out with such an honest, accurate, straightforward statement that I didn't even think about it until later:Read more »

Louis Dunn: 'The Forgotten Wages of War'

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Guardian graphic by Louis Dunn

John Tirman, executive director of the Center for International Studies at M.I.T., wrote the best account I've seen on what he calls "The Forgotten Wages of War" in an op ed piece on the end of the Iraq War (New York Times 1/3/2012.) The piece inspired Louis Dunn's graphic comment. 

"We rarely question that war cause extensive damage, but our view of America's wars has been blind to one specific aspect of destruction: the human toll of those who live in war zones," wrote Tirman. .Read more »

Louis Dunn: Mission accomplished in Iraq

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New York Times headline (12/19/11): "Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking a War's End"Read more »