A Tale of Two Springs

Facilitating peace, development and banking in Mosul, Iraq

Conflict and Hospitality in Iraq’s Hinterlands

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One thing I wish all Americans knew is the extraordinary degree of warmth and hospitality that Iraqis extend to visitors. Following a business meeting in a rural area, to humor myself and colleagues, I mentioned to a neighborhood teenager I liked his shades. So he offered them to me to try. He then refused to take them back. Visitors in Iraq should be careful. If you compliment the hosts on their clothes, their dishes, their furniture or their photos, the object of your admiration will become yours.

A minor verbal fracas ensued, and I ultimately left his shades on a window sill and ran away.

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Written by treadingupthetigris

January 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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