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You son of a heathen mother. You will see and not The language recalls Saddam's. pretentions to glory; his was the politics of deformed grandeur. for three decades, sional attempts to he dragged impose not for the horrific toll a legacy. his country The they inflicted. efforts He through the sewer in delu- would have been pathetic if transformed parts of the society in NIGHT DRAWS NEAR 34 he altered the shape of the capital with a coarsely martial his image; helped conceal the he had created fact that In a capital inundated with a utilitarian city monuments to the dead style that shorn of history.
Sick. " Baghdad was becoming be this mem- own time haunt their town occupied early on, months, cities, setting soldiers ran- an example that country. Khorramshahr, an Iranian border was emptied. As the war progressed, in rampages time and again blessed by Saddam, the Iraqi army picked clean Kurdish vil- lages in the killing fields of the north. Shahla's brother-in-law was a soldier. men changed," she told me. "We saw He had witnessed these things. The rules of Iraq's countryside are brutal. " desert.
A brick, building a long- worker wielded a buffer, walls and windows. slowly shining the granite highlights of the ministry's There was farcical, little tired climax of anger; most fervency was manufactured, the government-organized protests. Few were Saddam, who was loathed. Few objected to his sincere in their defense of demise; many hoped for it. But the feeling most prevalent was subdued anxiety. People were preparingfor war, so unpredictable, and for what they anticipated would be a long and bloodv aftermath.
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War by Anthony Shadid