July 29, 2007 § 2 Comments
I encourage all of you to read this excellent article about the resurgence of ice as a valuable commodity in Iraq. It is a sensitive account of the country’s slide from prosperity into poverty, told as an historical tale about a wholly unremarkable substance.
If you read the article through to the end, you will notice an italicized footnote crediting the five Iraqi journalists who contributed reporting to the piece. Then you will see one more line, standing separately and unadorned: “Mr. Hassan was killed July 13.”
And then you will think about how little it takes to completely destroy a civilization.