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Children's LiteratureAfter reading this objective and informative book it becomes slightly easier to empathize with the people of Iraq. Their diverse country has suffered from power struggles and war for the past ninety years. Saddam Hussein has ruthlessly ruled the country since 1979. United States President George W. Bush, fearing America could face future attacks by Iraq's "missing" weapons of mass destruction, has recently waged a controversial war on this nation. This book attempts to further justify the American invasion and occupation of Iraq by explaining that evidence of a suspected terrorist training camp was uncovered shortly after the invasion. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield has stated that current records will make it nearly impossible to determine whether weapons of mass destruction have been moved, hidden, or destroyed. As a result, America must rely on the knowledge of Iraqi citizens, and efforts to gain information from them are progressing. Additionally, efforts are being made to aid and assist the people of Iraq. This may be one of a few books available that provides up to date and detailed information about a current event. Nonetheless, it attempts to close a chapter of history that has not yet been written. The author states that "they will battle for Iraq in the years to come." Considering Iraq's long history of hostility this is probably true, however, the reader will gain reassurance that positive progress is being made. 2003, Oliver Press, Ages 12 up.
— Denise Daley