Iraqi deconstruction

This tasteful image shows part of the police station in Mosul as rebuilt by Iraqi contractors. Note the tree which, according to the NYT report, “was allowed to remain standing, and its trunk was cemented into the building’s structure”. It brings to mind T.E. Lawrence’s famous dictum:

“It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.”