What Makes Iraq Stories Different From Most War Literature

George Packer: “The essential scene of First World War writing is the mass slaughter of the trenches. In the archetypal Vietnam story, a grunt who can never find the enemy walks into physical and moral peril. In much of the writing about Iraq, the moment of truth is a reunion scene at an airport or a military base – families holding signs, troops looking for their loved ones, an unease sinking deep into everyone.”