In the Red Zone, an American journalists account of his daring solo expeditions through post-Saddam Iraq, is a vivid, frank, and unforgettable portrayal of the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. An eyewitness of the 9/11 attacks, Steven Vincent went to Iraq to experience the daily realities of life and death in the crossfire of the war on terror. His report is essential for understanding Americas enemies and allies in the critical but confusing struggle against radical Islam.
Steven Vincent journeyed twice to Iraq, paying his own way, traveling without security or official connections, living by his wits. His four months in the war zone included a foray into the infamous Mosque of Ali in Najaf, a confrontation with Ayatollah Sistanis bodyguards, a brush with death in a Karbala bombing, meetings with assorted Western "peace activists," and run-ins with Iraqi "authorities" who alternately suspected him of being a CIA agent or a terrorist.
Vincents encounters with doctors and cab drivers, imams and housewives, politicos and poetsand one unforgettable woman in Basraprovided him with special insight into what Iraqis think of their liberation, of America, and of the war. He describes a tormented society whose inhabitantstroubling, infuriating, yet often inspiringsurvived the ghoulish dictatorship of Saddam Hussein only to face the death cult of radical Islam.
The war on terror and the war in Iraq, Vincent concludes, are closely connected. Victory in both conflicts requires that we look with a sympathetic but unsparing eye at the Iraqi people and the whole Islamic world.