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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Catching up

The Girl leaves for camp tomorrow morning at 7 am. She started packing at 6:30 this evening. We finished about 10 and she went right to bed. She's taking one huge duffel bag on wheels, and the biggest fricking suitcase made by mankind. Of course she's bring sheets and blankets, pillows, towels, as well as clothing, shoes, entertainment, etc. But this kid is not a light packer. No siree.

She was hilarious trying to close the giant, overstuffed suitcase this evening. I'm too tired to download the photos, but they are funny.

Work continues to be insane. My boss reads my blog, so I can't say anything more, but take it from me....aaaarrrrrggggghhhhh.

Worthless Pet killed a sparrow and left it as a gift for us. He is so thoughtful.

I have one large tomato, still green, on my early girl plant. My cherry tomato plant has at least 8 green babies in various states of growth. With all this rain, weeks have run amok and we're going to have to bite the bullet and weed tomorrow.

West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitos in the next town. Lucky us. Luckier them. It's a mosquito paradise around here, with all this wet.

While at the doctor's office I got to read this weeks issue of Star Magazine, something I rarely get to peruse. The best article? Star's teeth before and after whitening and caps. David Bowie, sue your parents. They were negligent for allowing that mouth to remain in such ugly shape.

I have marked more clothing in the past couple of days than in my entire parenting life before hand. No, that's not true, but it seems that way. Two filled laundry baskets filled with clothing. 10 of everything. Each sock marked separately. Fun filled evenings around here.

I've just today finished reading a remarkable book, A Hundred and One Days, by Asne Seierstad. She is also the author of The Bookseller of Kabul. A Hundred and One Days is an absolute MUST READ if you want to understand what is happening in Iraq right now. It is a true eye opener, not only of the days leading up to the American invasion of that country, but the following days "after the war'" once the Americans had overtaken the Presidential Palace and the rest of the country.

The author is a Norwegian journalist reporting for various Scandanavian, Dutch, and Canadian media outlets during her 101 day-long stay in Baghdad. She writes of her day to day dealings with the Ministry of Media, trying to cover stories but being stymied by the fear of Saddam Hussain's government and the illegality of Iraqis talking to foreigners. She puts a remarkably human face of the Iraqi people, describing their lives, their fears, and especially their reactions, which range from jubilation to disgust at the American invasion and subsequent takeover of their country.

he book consists of three sections entitled 'Before', 'During' and 'After' respectively. Seierstad doesn't deal directly with the questions surrounding the morality of the Iraq war, but does what all good journalists should do - report the facts and events on the ground as she sees them. Inevitably though, Seierstad hints at her own feelings about the war, particularly when the harsh, blood-stained reality rears its ugly head.

Seierstad is also perceptive enough to have exposed those issues which the coalition forces did not grapple with before taking the decision to go to war; the potentially explosive Shia-Sunni rivalry and the growing influence of Islam. Indeed, the apocalyptic views expressed by some of the Baghdadis Seierstad meets regarding the aftermath of Saddam's overthrow have become eerily true since 2003. Throughout the book citizens who speak to her tell her their fears about the country entering into civil war once Saddam is overthrown.

Above all, this book shows that war is not only a destructive force for those directly involved, such as the citizens of Baghdad and the soldiers on both sides, but also for those who find themselves drawn into the war through choice - the war correspondents. Read it for a deeper understanding of what messrs Bush and Blair's 'War on Terror' does to those people who they insist need to be 'liberated' from tyranny.


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