A Woman Warrior’s Odyssey in Iraq
Copyright 2011 Carl Reader
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An Official Intervenes
The pillars passing by him as he walked under the West Wing entry portico were like so many hands of a clock stopped forever on the wrong hour. There were too many hands on the clock, hands stopped on each of her endless adventures imagined and catalogued in his mind. Fallujah. Wandering the desert, adrift in the endless sands, then a captive. The years as a sex slave. All the deaths of her soldiers, her friends. The president, too, knew of her years of trouble and exile and her courage and cunning in facing it all and he admired her importance, but he was powerless before now to right those wrongs, to free her and allow her to take bloody vengeance on those responsible for her suffering. Years before he had told the president of how she tricked the course of war to advantage, of how as a spy her black-robed courage had robbed the enemy of his secrets, his invisibility, and with her invisibility as a woman she broke down their gates and made their cities to fall, although she now dismissed that war in Iraq as foolish arrogance and stupidity, needless mendacity and pointless death. Also known to the president were her sale and enslavement, barbaric and antique things that have no place in the modern world but still exist, but the president did not yet know that she was now in position to regain her freedom, if only he acted.