National Review has begun serializing the journalist Steven Vincent's book "In The Red Zone", an account of a journey through the post-Saddam landscape. The dominant force behind the insurgency, he argues, is a sense of national shame. One encounter captures the mood:

"She was a Sunni Muslim, an attractive, thirty-something writer, one of the few women I met who eschewed a scarf in public. And she was overjoyed at the demise of Saddam. "I am so happy! Freedom at last! The world is open to me now!" she exclaimed during a small social function at an art gallery in Karada. 'Can you recommend some American magazines I might send my writing to?'

"I promised I'd draw up a list of suitable periodicals, then added — carelessly, for this was my first trip to Iraq — 'You must not mind seeing American soldiers on the streets.'

The woman's smile vanished. Her brow darkened and she shook her head. 'Oh, no. I hate the soldiers. I hate them so much I fantasize about taking a gun and shooting one dead.'

Stunned by her vehemence, 'But American soldiers are responsible for your freedom!' I replied.

'I know, the woman snarled. 'And you can't imagine how humiliated that makes me feel.'
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