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The War

So I was home during lunch and I watched The War. It was shockful and aweful. It made me put my hands over my mouth. You will no doubt see highlights on the news tonight, if you choose to watch TV. It was right across the river from where the camera was. They're blasting the hell out of the palaces and the government buildings and everything. Dan Rather said something about how ninety percent of the bombs/missiles in a city operation like this are "smart bombs" and dude in Baghdad said "Dan, right now I'm thinking about that other ten percent. I'm hoping they're at least clever," and Dan chuckled nervously. Dude in Baghdad, he was calm at first but then one hit RIGHT across the river from him and you could hear the panic in his voice. He said "hold on, I'm putting on a helmet."

The video that ABC had was from Abu Dhabi television. When I was listening to the radio on the way back to work, KYW (which is CBS, but which for some reason always has ABC News feeds during really big news stories) was channeling ABC News which was channelling "Sky" news which was channelling BBC. Or something like that.

I can't help but put my hands over my mouth, they go there by themselves. I'm feeling better now that I'm not watching it. Wayne has streaming radio in his cubicle. I can hear it, but can't totally follow what's going on. That's okay with me.



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Mar. 21st, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)
What was creepier and more disturbing to me was how Salam casually mentioned earlier today "9 B-52s have taken off from England, they'll be here in 6 hours." I actually saw that on his blog before I read it on either the reuters or AP feeds. Then he posted again later, saying "2 more hours." Nothing more yet since the raids started.

Maybe it's no Edward R. Murrow and "This...is London," but hey, he's really there and that's enough. I'm glad you're reading him too, I mean, I knew lots of other people were, but still, cool.
Mar. 21st, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC)
The dude has such good English, I'm somewhat open to the possibility that it's fake. I hope it's not. It's nice to think we have an actual real perspective of things.
Mar. 21st, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
there's a long standing tradition that whenever news breaks, everybody steals each other's signals. that's the deal with the bbc/sky/abc/cbs stuff.
Mar. 21st, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
Right. I guess my point -- which I didn't actually say, so I'm doing that now -- is that, you know. We only really have one or two sources to rely upon. Not that anybody trusts the news anyway, but just . . . you know. When we were watching CNN and the first tower fell but it was BEHIND the other tower and we couldn't see what was happening, we switched to MSNBC and their camera was at a better angle. We don't really have analagous options in this situation.
Mar. 21st, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC)
this comment has no point
The last time I put my hands over my mouth was when some guy flashed me his weiner!
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