They make desolation and call it peace

To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire they make a desolation and they call it peace.

THESE WORDS were used by the Roman historian Tacitus to describe the devastation of Britain by the Roman empire in the first century AD.

They find an echo in Iraq today. Suha al-Hayatti, a rich woman living in Baghdad, could have been …

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