Covering the story..

  1. 11 Journalists Die in 21 Days of War

    During the 43 days that comprised the Persian Gulf war in 1991, no journalists lost their lives in the conflict. In the current war in Iraq, now just 21 days old, 11 journalists have died, including three who were killed today in United States military strikes in Baghdad.

    I'm sad these journalists lost their lives. I've heard there are hundreds of journalists covering this war. And I wonder if any journalists from the Persian Gulf war got as "up close" as journalists are doing during this war.
  2. 51 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Yes, it truly is sad. They DO know the risk they take, but sad, nonetheless. Sad for any innocent civilians, in my view. I know..war is war, and it happens. But I do feel for ALL who's lives have been lost. Except for ONE..(perhaps a handful)..who's death I would not regret.
  4. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I too feel for these journalists and their families. It doesn't, however, surprise me a bit that SH's regime would choose to use this hotel as cover to further their own cause. It was win win for them--if snipers can shoot from the hotel without fear of retaliation--we are easy prey. However, if we return fire (which we did) we are guilty of killing journalists to "hide the truth" of OUR atrocities

    Give me a *******' break already

    (sorry--a long day and I am cranky)
  5. by   Disablednurse
    I really worry about the troops when they come face to face to the children that SH has trained to be killing soldiers. Our troops are not used to things such as this. It will be very hard on them to kill a child, even one with an automatic weapon.
  6. by   DebsZoo
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  7. by   Mkue
    Iraqis Flock to 'the Mother of All Flea Markets'
    Mohammed Alkhereiji, Arab News War Correspondent

    BAGHDAD, 16 April 2003-On Yasser Arafat Street, one of Baghdad's busiest shopping areas, the shops are open and shopkeepers are scrubbing the street and sidewalks outside them. Fruit and vegetable markets are bustling, and families are out promenading with smiles on their faces.

    The local barbers, too, are open for business and Arab News walked in on Mohammed Al-Sa'ali, who was enjoying his first haircut since the war started.

    "I'm getting my haircut to celebrate Saddam's demise and the beginning of a new era," he declared.

    entire article can be seen at:

    Arab News reporting, shops opening, hair cuts, fruits and vegetables in Baghdad.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted by DebsZoo
    Oh, so do I. Since first seeing the pictures of the boys on the news, my heart breaks at the thought of any soldier faced with a child bearing a gun......................SH oughta be mighty proud of his lil 'ol self
    Yes it is truly sad.
    It happens in my neighborhood too. Victims come to the unit where I work.
  9. by   Mkue
    An Account of Marines' Incredible Gestures
    Barbara Ferguson, Arab News War Correspondent

    AT AN AIR BASE IN KUWAIT, 16 April 2003-People are curious about being embedded in the Marines. This is my effort to set the record straight. Some readers suspect I was subjected to propaganda while living with these men and women. There was no propaganda campaign. If there had been, there would have been no embeds. Journalists wrote their own stories, and made their own interview requests and interviews. The Marines' "PAOs" (public affairs officers) would set up the meetings, but not oversee them.

    I am greatly concerned that this war has polarized many Arabs and Americans. Knowing these Marines, however, has given me hope for the future of America and its relationship with the Arab world.

    entire article can be seen at:

    This is truly another worthwhile article found at Arab News written by Arab War Correspondent.
    Last edit by mkue on Apr 15, '03
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    I don't think the imbedded journalists are being given propaganda. I trust our troops too much for that. They only see part of the story. Our Dave Bryant, LA local CBS reporter said that himself.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Apr 16, '03
  11. by   cwazycwissyRN
    I couldn't get the article to open mkue, I'll try again later. This has been a unique war in so many ways. There was such a large number of reporters, that was right in the middle of the action. I feel they were probably doing what they love to do. Never a consolation for loss of life though. The kids being used is repulsive. The poor kids.
  12. by   Mkue
    Later, when recounting the story, people would ask: "Was that sergeant a Marine?" When I answered in the affirmative, they would say: "That's the Marines for you. When you join them, you became one of them, part of their family. They always care for their people." Caring for their people is a big deal with Marines.

    Hopefully it will work this time Chrissy.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am sorry for anyone dying there ---whether in line of duty or as a direct casualty or war. The loss of these journalists is tragic, as it the loss of American GI lives and those of Iraqi civilians. I feel they took some GRAVE risks going there, to be embedded the way they were, risks they accepted willingly. I feel horrible for their families most. What a HUGE loss to them. My thoughts are with those families today. I can't imagine the depth of their pain.
  14. by   renerian
    Kue that is very sad......