|"Exorcising the Ghosts of a Nation"
Comment by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman in Los Angeles Times
6 July 2003
At the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where civilization began, men fish from small boats and boys swim in polluted brown waters. When Saddam Hussein was in power, the story goes, there were no fish in the river. It is said Hussein put something in the water to poison them because he did not like the predominantly Shiite people of Basra.