Alliancedating prospect

She had guessed my North African origins from my features and my accent, and was, I suppose, trying to make sense of the fact that I had arrived in Basra, in May 2010, alone. Before I could answer, she directed me out of the cubicle with a sentiment that I was to hear repeated, albeit in different combinations of words, over the coming days. "May God be with you, my sister." Every Basrawi I spoke to judged that the US invasion had made an emphatically negative impact on their lives.

I was standing on a small wooden platform behind a flimsy curtain, as she waved her hand-held metal detector across my body. I was in Iraq to conduct research on human security in Basra, for a research project at LSE.

" a Basra airport security guard asked sympathetically.

She had guessed my North African origins from my features and my accent, and was, I suppose, trying to make sense of the fact that I had arrived in Basra, in May 2010, alone. Before I could answer, she directed me out of the cubicle with a sentiment that I was to hear repeated, albeit in different combinations of words, over the coming days. " a Basra airport security guard asked sympathetically.

I was standing on a small wooden platform behind a flimsy curtain, as she waved her hand-held metal detector across my body. I was in Iraq to conduct research on human security in Basra, for a research project at LSE.

A recent report by Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, found that a good deal of bn spent by the US on rebuilding Iraq (that is, m a day for nine years) had been stolen or wasted.

Despite a national budget of 0bn, the everyday grind in Iraq is exacerbated by woeful standards of service delivery, particularly with regard to electricity and sanitation.

But how was the violent imposition of new dynamics in Iraq justified by the Bush administration in 2003, and which of its arguments have stood the test of (a decade of) time?

Weapons of mass destruction The Bush administration's principal stated justification for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was to "disarm" Saddam Hussein of his WMD.

A sophisticated case rendered the Iraqi stockpile both knowable and unknowable simultaneously.

Bush administration officials offered detailed catalogues of deadly materials, including 25,000 litres of anthrax, 500 tonnes of sarin, VX nerve agents, 38,000 litres of botulinum toxin, Scud-variant ballistic missiles, and five different methods of enriching uranium for a nuclear bomb.

That Saddam possessed and concealed these dangerous weapons was said to be beyond doubt (Cheney, August 27, 2002; Powell, February 5, 2003; Bush, March 17, 2003).