Every day, we are inundated with images and talk of war in Iraq. But many of us in the U.S. do not see the human side of the conflict, says Fassihi, the everyday people living amidst the bombs, battles and fractured public services. Fassihi has lived with these people and discusses their plight from a rarely heard perspective- The Commonwealth Club of California
Dory Culver is the managing editor at KCBS radio in San Francisco.
Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief of Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day.
This book is a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq war and witnessing the unraveling of life for Iraqi citizens.
Wall Street Journal Iraq Correspondent Farnaz Fassihi describes how society in Iraq has changed since the fall of Saddam Hussein from a secular to a more religious culture. In particular, family laws that were progressive before the war have been revoked and now follow Sharia law.
Farnaz Fassihi attributes the increased stability in Iraq today to a combination of factors, including the troop surge. She says current conditions are fragile and could change at any moment without a concrete political agreement.
Journalist Farnaz Fassihi expresses the surprise she and her colleagues had at the lack of a post-invasion plan by the U.S. military and how that contributed to feelings of uncertainty and instability in Iraq.