Ashley Gilbertson is back safely in New York now and did not want to go back to the war in Iraq. But he needed to.
He writes, â€œI didnâ€™t want to go back. When I began reporting from Iraq in 2002, I was still a wild and somewhat naÃ¯ve twenty-four-year-old kid. Five years later, I was battle-weary. I had been there longer than the American military and had kept returning long after most members of the â€œcoalition of the willingâ€ had pulled out. Iraq had become my initiation, my rite of passage, but instead of granting me a new sense of myself and a new identity, Iraq had become my identity. Without Iraq, I was nothing. Just another photographer hanging around New Yorkâ€¦â€
Read his harrowing account as he witnesses first-hand the agonies and the mistakes of the war in Iraq.
[Via: The Virginia Quarterly Review]
Photo: Ashley Gilbertson