A worthwhile letter from a soldier who has seen Fallujah firsthand. 

This letter from Marine First Lieutenant Brian Donlon is really striking. He writes about his perceptions and feelings after having served in Iraq, including some first-person perspectives on present-day Fallujah.

When teaching history, one of my primary methods is to use first-person sources. To understand the conflict in Iraq, who better could we turn to for realistic and valid perspectives? I have some additional Iraqi blog sites listed on my public blogline feeds, including some that are posted by Iraqi nationals. Look under the Iraq category.

Brian includes a quote from Shakespeare in his post, which reminded me of my thoughts after seeing Macbeth this past weekend.

We are so fortunate and blessed as a general rule in the United States, and most of us don’t even realize or think about it as we should. Reading Brian’s thoughts provides a worthwhile way to reflect on those blessings, relative to many in modern day Iraq. 

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