In the two months it has taken me to publish this journal, much has happened across the Middle East. Mubarak has toppled in Egypt, Assad of Syria is under attack, and Khadafi fights for his life in Libya. Osama bin Laden is dead.
And in the two decades since Desert Storm, nothing much has changed.
We are still at war in Iraq. Khadafi still fights for his life in Libya. And yet another U.S. president is asking the Israelis and Palestinians why they can't just get along. Time and technology march on; opinions and attitudes are slow to change--even my own. After reading my parting comments written twenty years ago, I have no new insights to add.
|Mubarak and me, photo by Andrei Brauns|
And during that year I kept another journal, from another war zone. This time it was the snows of the Balkans instead of the sands of the Middle East... but the rest of the story is pretty much the same. Maybe I'll bore you with it sometime.