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Mosul Is Liberated—But Not Yet Free

Bernard-Henri Lévy
 

By Bernard-Henri Lévy (original source Tablet)

“There are joyous liberations. Of Paris in 1944, for example—a liberation insurrectionary and exultant. And then there are leaden liberations: Warsaw’s in 1944; Berlin’s in 1945; and, more recently, Sarajevo’s.

The liberation of Mosul obviously falls into the second category.

There is a sense of relief, of course. There is, too, the elation of victory—and, for someone who experienced some of the most terrible phases of the battle from the inside, there is intense emotion.”

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