We Meant Well: 3 of 3: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project) by Peter Van Buren (Author)

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Title: By Nile and Tigris : a narrative of Journeys in Egypt and Mesopotamia on behalf of the British Museum between the years 1886 and 1913

Year: 1920 (1920s)

Authors: Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, 1857-1934

Subjects: Egypt -- Antiquities Egypt -- Description and travel Iraq -- Description and travel Iraq -- Antiquities

Publisher: London : Murray

Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto

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ur among the palm groves,and plated the leaves of the trees with gold and silver.After passing through the gardens we came to a smalland very dilapidated village, and soon after arrived atthe eastern end of the bridge of boats, which carriedtraffic of all kriads into Hillah. The boats were daubedwith bitumen inside and out, and the road over themwas made of palm ti-unks, slit perpendicularly, and laidin a mixture of clay and bitumen. The modern town ofHillah lies on the west bank of the Euphrates, and is On Hillah see Yakut, ii, p. 322 ; Abu 1-Fida, p. 298 ; Ibn Jubair,p. 214 ; Ibn Batutah, ii, p. 97 ; Pietro della Valle, Viaggi, tomo i,p. 385 ; F. Vincenzo Maria di S. Caterina da Siena, // Viaggio, Venice,1683, p. 496; Niebuhr, Reisebeschreibung, Li, p. 257; C. J. Rich,Narrative, p. 49 ; Ker Porter, Travels, ii, p. 335 ; Buckingham, Travels,ii. P- 353 S- Wellsted, Travels, i, p. 219 ; Layard, Nineveh andBabylon, pp. 484-508 ; G. le Strange, The Lands, p. 71 f. To face p. 253, vol. i.

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The Rise of Hillah. 253 about five miles from Babil, and fifty from Baghdad,provided that the most direct road be followed. Theparent town of Hillah, i.e., the Hamlet, stood on theeast bank, and was called Al-Jamian, and it waswell inhabited and flourishing. Hillah, on the west bank,was a mere village until a.h. 495 = a.d. 1101-2, whenSef ad-Dawlah, the Chief of the Bani Mazyad, enlargedit, and made it into a flourishing town, and joined thetwo banks of the river by a bridge of boats. The oldpilgrim road from Baghdad to Kufah passed throughKasr Ibn-Huberah, and over the bridge which spannedthe Sura Canal, but when Hillah was enlarged, and itsbridge of boats built, pilgrims abandoned the old road,and travelled to Kufah via Hillah. Hillah grew andprospered, and for some centuries it was a most thrivingplace. The bulk of the population has always beenShiite, and at one time there was a Shiite sanctuary inthe town. It was commonly believed by them thatAl-Kaim, the promised Mahdi, who had

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We Meant Well: 3 of 3: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project) by Peter Van Buren (Author)


From a State Department insider, the first account of our blundering efforts to rebuild Iraq--a shocking and rollicking true-life tale of Americans abroad

Charged with rebuilding Iraq, would you spend taxpayer money on a sports mural in Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhood to promote reconciliation through art? How about an isolated milk factory that cannot get its milk to market? Or a pastry class training women to open cafés on bombed-out streets without water or electricity?

According to Peter Van Buren, we bought all these projects and more in the most expensive hearts-and-mind...