BOOK REVIEWS: Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated - Stories from the New Iraq, by Rory McCarthy, Chatto and Windus Paperback, Pounds 11.99

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BOOK REVIEWS: Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated - Stories from the New Iraq, by Rory McCarthy, Chatto and Windus Paperback, Pounds 11.99


Byline: by Anthony Looch

After George Bush and Tony Blair have gone, the issue of Iraq will remain etched on their record for a very long time - perhaps forever - upstaging all else they did in office.

Whatever their good intentions, or misapprehensions, the invasion will continue to be questioned, in the light of the bloody chaos and destabilisation of the Middle East that followed and which shows no sign of ending.

This informative book by a British journalist takes a detailed first-hand look at how Iraqis themselves view the invasion of their country.

It makes for depressing reading - all the more so as it shows that many were only too pleased to see the end of Saddam Hussein's regime, yet have no love for their liberators and want them out of Iraq.

McCarthy knows the country well. He travelled widely and went into the homes, workplaces, council meetings and mosques of the citizens he interviewed. What comes across vividly is how little America and Britain understand the workings of the Iraqi mind. …

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