Live From Baghdad

TIME correspondent Scott MacLeod reports that Iraqis, resigned to war, are trying hard to get on with their lives

Hazem Hashem and Shama Ali picked a crazy time to fall in love. After the 20-year-old mechanic tied the knot with his 18-year-old cousin, the newlyweds headed to Baghdad's Ishtar Hotel, where they were greeted by folk dancers swaying to the beat of trumpets and drums. Yet as the couple checked into the honeymoon suite, with its scenic views of the Tigris River, thoughts of war intruded on their joy.

Hashem is an Iraqi army conscript. That makes it almost certain that he will be on the front lines if the U.S. leads an invasion of Iraq. "It's his duty to...

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