a heartrending story




“The Last Days of ISIS’ Capital: Airstrikes if You Stay, Land Mines if You Flee,” by Somini Sengupta, The New York Times, September 8, 2017



Thank you, Somini Sengupta. This story/article is journalism at its best, making the triviality of much political coverage nowadays seem inconsequential by comparison. It is a heartbreaking story in which what is monstrous, unimaginable, is seen to be typical — think Gothic fiction.

It must have taken unparalleled courage to report and write this story. The accumulation of detail, which you, the reporter, must have gone to great pains, at great risk, to gather, conveys what statistics (the number of dead and wounded or those forced to flee) could not and what a summary of the conflict could not.


— Roger W. Smith

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
This entry was posted in general interest and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s