A gentlemen who resides in the block apartment where I live,
and is an MA student of engineering at UCL,
spent the first 12 years of his life in his native Iraq
before his family had moved to Northern England
during the outbreak the Iran-Iraq war.
He speaks of the deep and interesting antiquity
of the Tigris Euphrates region near present day Baghdad,
while giving clues to the cultural practices of the present day occupants.
He has proven himself to be quite knowledgeable
concerning the history of the Ottoman Empire
as well, and is not short on the important points
of the contemporary social and political configurations of the region.
I can only feel of a strong desire to be amongst the people
of this unfortunately politically volatile region
and taste the food and experience such the different climate.
Another intrigue is to witness the devastation
that the UK and American alliance has brought to the people of Iraq,
and further to see the authoritarianism of the Iraqi government and the oppression
caused by the omnipotent authority of its ruler.
I feel that it would be best to visit now before it becomes a colony
of the US,
and designated for ‘Disney in the Desert’.
I have been consulting atlases and books
but I know not where I shall go and perhaps I shall simply return to New York,
where I can find much discontentment and unease.