Sussing Out the Surge

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In the daily deluge of news on Iraq and subsequent punditry, it can be hard to sort out exactly how things are going there. Of course, no one has the whole answer, but I find the articles that really get my attention are those told by eyewitnesses. Sure, one person's view is one person's view, but these accounts have a level of detail and humanity that I find easier to grasp than the latest statistics. The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson spent some time in the western Baghdad suburb of Ghazaliya recently, and joins us to share his impressions.

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