Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World
Aftermath examines the centrifugal forces that the invasion of Iraq and the ensuing civil war have unleashed in the Middle East. Through vivid reportage, Nir Rosen brings the reader onto the streets of the region, into the mosques, and within the alleys where militiamen hide, following the contagious spread of the conflict throughout the region. He travels with the refugees displaced by sectarian violence and witnesses first hand the radicalization of the Sunnis in Egypt, Jordan, and elsewhere, mingling with the terrifying new militias that have emerged. But unlike many Western commentators who see these dynamics as part of the eternal picture of the Middle East, Rosen argues that the U. S. occupation produced the sectarian fissures that now bedevil the region. He argues that Iraqis are merely adapting to Americas view of the region as a collection of sects. Aftermath combines vivid and courageous frontline reporting, taking the reader to places that very few Western journalists dare tread, with a bold and innovative analytical framework to understand the volatile and violent events that are destined to mark the Middle East for years to come.
By: Nir Rosen