Sometime after the First Gulf War, I heard on the news that sixty-three per cent of young Americans could not identify Iraq on a map of the world. I could tell by the way that the presenter spoke that this was something bad: more evidence that Americans were silly. I spent a moment thinking where Ir…
The flawed cartographer
‘Sometime after the First Gulf War, I heard on the news that sixty-three per cent of young Americans could not identify Iraq on a map of the world.’ Catherine O'Flynn in Granta 103: The Rise of the British Jihad.
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