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Thura's Diary

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Reese Jessup

on 6 October 2012

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Written by: Thura Al-Windawi "Thura's Diary" "Thura's Diary" is a primary source of the war. It was written by a girl who lived in Iraq at the beginning of the war in 2003. She explained what it was like to live in Iraq during that time and the steps her family had to take to remain alive. Primary source I learned many things from this book. Here are ten of the most intriguing facts I've learned: 10 Interesting and new facts 1.) The war started because the U.S believed Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons that could easily hurt the us.
2.) Saddam Hussein had two sons, Uday and Qusay. Uday had his own militia called Fedaeen. They would publicly behead women for entertainment. Qusay was in charge of the Republican Guard and he was also in charge of the Special Security Service.
3.) President Bush gave Saddam and his sons a 48 hour ultimatum on 18th of March.
4.) We sent U.S, troops into Iraq on the 20th of March, It's commonly known as the "Shock and Awe" of the war.
5.) We previously went to war against Iraq in 1991, It is commonly known as the Golf War.
6.) On April 9th, U.S. troops took down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Paradise Square.
7.)Women in the country areas of Iraq don't have a education. They get married in their young teens and usually they marry their cousins or other relatives.
8.) After the war started people became very desperate. They started looting places like schools and hospitals. They would also burn oil to help creat distractions during the war.
9.) On July 22nd Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay where killed and on December 13th Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. troops.
10.) In late August, Thura left Baghdad for the university of Pennsylvania.. When I read this book I saw to types of text structure; compare and contrast, and cause and effect. I noticed compare and contrast when Thura would talk about life before the war and after the war started. Now cause and effect was an inevitable text structure for this book. War has many effects, and this book shared a lot of them: food prices going up, everyone acting like a chicken without a head, and lots of hatred. Text Structure Thura wrote this book to share her life during the war. She wanted to share her emotions, her opinions, and her story. She wanted to show people a new perspective on the war. Authors Purpose A war can have many impacts. Specifically, this war affected the citizens of Iraq every single day. During the war, they had to go without electricity, water, and other important supplies to their daily life. Innocent people were killed. Families were destroyed and friendships were lost. It is these losses that are what we learn and remember from this book. Impact/Theme Recommendation Why did we really go to war with Iraq?
Why do the people in Iraq have such little appreciation for women?
Why did we continue to fight in Iraq after we captured Saddam Hussein? Questions "How could Americans send women to fight in a war?" (page 36). This statement assumes that women are are weak and aren't capable of fighting in the war.
"I tell Dad that if he(an American soldier)comes near us, I hope he will be friendly, but I know he will be a monster." (page 78-79). This quote states that all American soldiers are monsters. Bias statements I would recommend this book mainly because it shows you another perspective of the Iraq War. It gives you the opinions of an Iraq girl who lived there during the war and how it impacted her life. We only know what happens in Iraq through the news and that information is filtered. They don't or very rarely show the damage of the war, specifically the damage the war caused to the average citizen. For example, the reporters showed us taking down the statue of Saddam Hussein. However, they weren't able to capture the pain some of Iraq citizens felt about it. At first it was hard for me to connect with Thura because our lives are so different. We didn't share a religion, community, viewpoint of life or perspective about people from different background. However when I read "I saw an American soldier, he was around my age. He had beautiful sunglasses, and when I got close I could see how really handsome he was" (pg.78). I immediately thought this girl may be more like me. Honestly, I started laughing to myself and thought, "This girl isn't as racist as I believed. She seems to be more open minded, less uptight and even a little fun." Connection Personal response Throughout the book there were many comments made about women. Either how they are the weaker gender or how it’s a women’s job to cook, clean, and take of the kids. However throughout the book Thura became stronger mentally and became more proud of being a girl. At the beginning of the book she believed women’s opinions didn’t matter, and that they should only do what the men tell them to do. By the end of the book she realized that girls are just as important as everyone else. She decided to publish all of her opinions by using her diary to exploit them. She also decided to go to college in Pennsylvania, even though in her religion it’s a woman’s duty to stay in her husbands or the man of the houses footsteps. That is something I found entrusting while I was reading this book, how even though women in her culture fallow in the men’s footsteps at the end she was strong enough to go out and do her own thing all by herself. That’s what I found most entrusting and inspiring about her diary.
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