Posts tagged "Iraq"

The “R” Word

There’s a valuable comparison to be found by slogging through this week’s New Yorker lead story (print only), by the normally-astute Jon Lee Anderson, on “the Shiite leader who says he can run Iraq” and The New York Times Magazine’s piece on “The Shiite Surge,” by the normally-gaseous David Rieff. But this time around Rieff gets the story, or at...

Christ Without Saddam

Saddam’s not the only thing gone missing from Iraq; according to the British Daily Telegraph, booze and gambling are disappearing as well. The work of Christian missionaries from the west? Hardly. Damien McElroy reports that Iraqi Christians made strong showings in such trades until post-Saddam Muslim activists started shutting them down. Saddam used Christian churches that would pledge loyalty...

Let God Sort ’Em Out

Newsweek‘s Joshua Hammer offers an unintended glimpse into the role of religion — American, that is — in the Iraq war. Riding along with the U.S. Army’s Bravo Company on a Halloween raid in Fallujah, Hammer collects the scraps that reveal one of the under-reported stratagems of the conflict — the reliance of U.S. troops on Christian...