In 2003 American forces invaded Iraq to end the demonic dictatorship of goddamn Saddam Husain. The United States of America begin its war on Iraq with motives to destroy the mass destruction weapons developed by Saddam Husain government. But soon, this cover of weapons of mass destruction went blown and the mightiest nation on earth took the responsibility of freeing people of Iraq from the demonic rule of goddamn Saddam Husain. The world turned into a mare spectator as the joint forces led by USA droppings bombs on Iraq. It’s the first war of 21st century. But, people were seeing it like a Hollywood movie where everyone knows the end. But people watch these movies to see how good guys kill the bad ones. People were assured that America with its might will end the war in days and sow the seed of democracy in Iraq. But something did go wrong and disturbed the natural social fabric of Middle East. It made a few days war into nine years of full scale war. Though, the US army personnel’ are back to their homes but the mightiest power on earth is still struck in the deserts of Iraq and in motion to come back.
It develops questions, assumptions, theses to define the course of this Iraq war. But before all this, it is crucial to see the evolution of this war with your own eyes. The charred dead bodies of American soldiers, rule of anarchists in Iraq and the worst possible state of human society can be seen by reading War Journal. The environment of Iraq gave the whole new meaning to the word anarchy. And, Richer Engel has been the eye witness to all these atrocities on mankind. The War Journal is a personal account of an NBC journalist, who has been in the war zone since the day one and is still active in the arid lands of Middle East. In his war Journal, Richard has noted down the events of war and narrated the live scenes from the war zone.
It talks about the sectarian wars between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. The important part of book has underlined the genesis of 1300 centuries old sectarian war. In his five years long stint, the author has got the chance to meet with grand Ayatollah Sistani from Shiite community and hidden religious leaders of Sunni community. In these meetings, he has discovered the core of this everlasting conflict between these two sects. It is surprising to know that there has been the conflict for power and influence behind all these religious wars.
This book chronicles the rise of Islamic state of Iraq and Levant. It talks about the rise and individual decimation of Abu al Zarqawi and the network of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Here it’s important that American forces spotted and killed Abu Al Zarqawi but his ghost has turned into ISIS, which is dragging America back in the danger zone of Iraq.
Experience as an Avid Reader: I actually liked this book for its simple language. The author has chronicled the entire Iraq war with execution of Saddam Husain in an interactive manner. Importantly, the author has witnessed Saddam Husain hearing with renowned CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour. Frankly speaking, I get the better understanding of each and every terrorist happening in current day Iraq. With the information gathered via this book, it was easy to understand the evolution and sustenance of ISIS.
50 Words Verdict: The War Journal by NBC journalist Richard Engel is a must read for young journalists and people who want to understand the Iraq war. It simply puts the facts forward and shows the aftereffects of each incident took place a decade ago and tells what failed US invasion of Iraq.