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"Boss we got to have a change here," Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq at the time, said to President Bush about Maliki in 2007. Bush insisted the U.S. would make it work with the Iraqi leader.
In Beit ‘Anan, a small Arab village in the West Bank, Haya Dawod, and her extended family sit around a large round table in her parents’ dining room for the celebratory Eid meal.
Monday (July 28) marked the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that concludes the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Eid is usually a time of celebration — three days of celebration, to be exact.
But this year, the holiday mood in the Palestinian territories is distinctly less joyous and it shows in the Dawod’s buffet. The spread included roasted lamb, “maamoul,” a sweet flaky dessert filled with honey and nuts, and “fawakih,” a fruit platter with grapes, apples, and mangos.
“We usually have more food,” said Dawod, 21, “and more music and games, but because of what’s happening in Gaza we have less.”
This year, the television in the background brings news from Gaza — most recently, of the death of at least eight children as a result of the bombing of Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital.
Typically, dystopian societies are depicted through the pages of novels, like The Hunger GamesandDivergent. They give us glimpses into distorted societies where justice and freedom are suppressed; where deprivation is a way of life; and lives are dispensable. They ask us to imagine a society where people are pushed to the limits of what they can endure — and, often, killed if they can’t.
But it’s just fiction, right? After the last page, it ends.
The most disturbing dystopian narrative of our time is no work of fiction. It’s a real place with real people.