Posts tagged "Iraq"

Hearts, Minds, Mortars

In a 2,600 word New York Times report by David Rohde on the American “Hunt… for Hearts and Minds” in Afghanistan, the role of religion gets one mention: “As watching Afghan women wailed and recited prayers, one sergeant placed the mortar round on the teenager’s back, and another held the captured rifles in the air. A soldier snapped a souvenir photo...

Enlightening Iraq

We suppose it should come as no surprise that The Salt Lake Tribune, using a Combined News Service report, should give bigger play to the latest bit of Paul Bremer‘s diplomatic theology in Iraq, while The New York Times and The Washington Post pay little attention to the issue. Salt Lake City is a town that knows a thing or two about...

Take ‘Em To The River

The Baptists in Iraq are getting antsy about the U.S. invasion, but not because the crusade isn’t going according to plan. Rather, these Baptists, members of one of the world’s oldest monotheistic traditions, are waiting for the American occupiers to move out of Saddam’s palace so they can restore the Tigris tributary over which it...

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...