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“You Don’t Make War Without Knowing Why” The Decision to Interpret in Iraq

WithThe Decision to Interpret in Iraq University College London, United Kingdom

Keywords. Interpreter ethics, Neutrality, Just War theory, Iraq, Military field, Culture-centric warfare.

Tim O’Brien’s influential book, The Things They Carried, is a part memoir, part novel and part short story account of the Vietnam war. In 1968, O’Brien was drafted and went to Vietnam, despite his opposition to the war. Twenty years later, he explored the moral paradoxes of war through the stories of a company of ten soldiers.