SHOHREH LAICI is a Tehran-based essayist and literary translator. Her works have appeared in a range of American journals, including World Literature Today, The Millions, The Quarterly Conversation, Two Lines Press, Asheville Poetry Review, and Statorec.
What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now 50 or 60 countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries cant all be worth dying for.