February 05, 2013 | permalink
Nearly ten years ago, I drove into Iraq in a rented SUV to cover the invasion. Three weeks later, I was in Baghdad, watching the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square. In March, on the tenth anniversary of the invasion, an exhibit I am co-organizing will open at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York, featuring the vivid diaries of Tim McLaughlin, the Marine whose flag was draped on the statue. I am writing the text for the exhibit, which is called Invasion and will also feature the now-famous flag, as well as photographs by Gary Knight. We’ve just launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to support it. Please visit the Kickstarter page and, if you can, please donate to the cause, so that we can tell this incredible story on the occasion of this important anniversary. The Iraq war is on its way to being forgotten in America; this exhibit is intended to remind us what happened, what the aftermath consists of, and how we can learn from it all.