Aqrah, Ninawa province, Iraq, by Jan Sefti

Whooptie do.

This time last week was the seventh anniversary of the illegal coalition invasion of Iraq. I was 16 at the time and in my school's canteen in Singapore when I first heard the news. I couldn't believe it, and now with the death toll in the hundreds of thousands and no end in sight I still can't. It's as if my mind simply can't comprehend the numbers or the reasons, so it just shuts off.

There's so much good in the world, it's just you need to trudge through and push aside a dismally vast amount of awful stuff and people to get to it. People who don't learn from history. People with an overinflated sense of their own intelligence, entitlement and warped morality. What a waste, and a crying shame :(.