Emotional Rollercoaster

  1. I haven't watched the news now for about 3 days. The reports of the POWs and how they have been treated by the Iraqi's elicited such a deep emotional reaction from me, I couldn't even smile or go about my daily business without feeling like such a simplistic jerk.

    However, I turned on MSNBC and happened upon a report just filed by one of the media embeds with the Marines who are in Umm Qsar - and the footage of civilians in the streets, smiling, cautiously celebrating, the children laughing, the US soldiers reassuring them in Arabic as well as offering rations and candy, made my heart ache. These people have been oppressed and abused for so long by Saddam's regime...I cannot even imagine the hope they must feel.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share that it was actually a treat to watch the news today.
  2. 45 Comments

  3. by   l.rae
    cool susy, thanks for sharing. l know what you mean by feeling simplistic, as you put it. lt never fails to strike me how life just goes on, but that is how it is meant to be l guess. Those who have died would not want us to give up or be discouraged.
  4. by   Mkue
    I saw probably the same footage of a Marine giving candy to children and it was a "treat" to see the soldier smiling as well as the children. A glimpse of human kindness is so refreshing.

    Thanks for sharing
  5. by   rncountry
    Reminded me of the old newsreels of American soldiers in Italy during WWII.
  6. by   Furball
    Once the shadow of Hussein is definitely gone...we will see more of this I'm certain. I saw the same report. It was so nice to see.
  7. by   StuPer
    I must admit the sight of those Marines in Umm Qsar is a huge morale boost..... and if the Brits can do the same in Basra.. it will really undermine the SH regime propaganda machine.... how will it look to the Arab world to see a city of 1.5 million welcoming coalition troops..... I just hope the hardline bastards that are holding the civilians of Basra to ransom at the moment don't unleash a chemical attack on it when they think its going to fall to the coalition.... even though it would still make SH look like the evil **** he is, I could'nt bear to think of the death toll :-(
    regards StuPer
  8. by   nursenoelle
    It was very nice to see, I saw that story, and coupled with the news clips of the pro america rally shown, I was able to smile when watching the news. I am in a constant state of flux, escaping at work, where I can't stare at the TV. we are doing the right thing, Susy, and it will get better.
  9. by   Ted
    It sure has been an emotional roller coaster!

    I can't stand to watch the news. Makes my stomach churn and my BP go up.

    Have been watching a fair amount of: Cartoon Channel, Nickelodian (sp?) - I Love Sponge Bob Square Pants, Sci Fi, Comedy Central, National Geographic, TLC, Discovery Channel, etc. . . . . Yep. I just buzz by those all-day news channels.

    I do read the newspaper, though. And I have my Internet "Home" web-site set to the New York Times. That's how I keep up with the current events. Plus whatever you guys post here.

    Emotional roller coaster. . . . mostly just down.

  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Gimme Sponge Bob. I can't watch either. I get my news from snippets online. I can't do the propaganda machines. I feel the emotions, tho.
  11. by   Furball
    Spongbob too huh? lol I watched Dr Phil yesterday afternoon! Is that bad or what?
  12. by   Shamrock
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by StuPer
    I just hope the hardline bastards that are holding the civilians of Basra to ransom at the moment don't unleash a chemical attack on it when they think its going to fall to the coalition....

    God forbid!
  13. by   oramar
    Some posters here have advised to limit news viewing. I started that a few days ago and I feel better. Was getting nervous and having trouble sleeping. It is not that I am not following war. The newspaper has a good round up of all that happened in the last 24hrs.
  14. by   passing thru
    Guess we all feel about the same from what we are seeing on American news. One of my neighbors subscribes to a Russian news channel, a co-worker subscribes to a Phillipino news station.
    What they are seeing is a lot more revealing than what we see.
    I think we are seeing government controlled news.
    I was shocked when I went to my neighbors and saw the
    destruction and deaths/bodies/ injured in Baghdad on her television.
    I have a hard time justifying Americans not being able to have "freedom of the news."
    Especially when it is written in the media that Mexico, China, Russia are showing "the real war" on their news.