ESSAYWORKS: Addicted to war, the United States is about due for an intervention
"Ted told me he was a radio operator in Iraq at a time when insurgents were attacking U.S. positions. He was ordered to coordinate missile strikes against these insurgents at the villages that protected them. Unfortunately the missiles killed many innocent women and children — a fact that haunted Ted when he went back to the states. He found escape in LSD, shrooms, and MDMA. He became addicted to the drugs and had to go through a rehab program with the help of a sponsor.
'So those are good memories?' I asked, awkwardly scratching the back of my head.”
Do you think we, as a country, are addicted to war?
Peter Tobia photographed the Iraq War from April 2003 to July 2003 for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He shares 25 photos with us — a very small glimpse of that time.
Iraqi teen’s Eagle Scout ceremony part of the ongoing ‘dream’ of living in the U.S.
In the not-so-distant past, Mohammed Al-Jumaili, of Fallujah, Iraq, was living in a state of fear as the Iraq War waged on around him and his family — a state that was only exacerbated when, in 2006, he lost the lower half of his right leg in a car bomb explosion.
Since coming to the United States, Al-Jumaili’s life has been looking up. But as the Abington High School senior walked down the center aisle of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill on Saturday to receive his Eagle Scout award from Boy Scout Troop 117, the life he left behind wasn’t completely out of mind either.
Al-Jumaili, 17, is believed to be the first Iraqi immigrant to earn the prestigious honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America. But Al-Jumaili is used to accomplishing feats despite the odds.