by Margaret Hawke, RN, MA
Masthead Date June 02, 2003
Throughout the last several months, we've watched a war in Iraq-the tanks rolling across the desert and missiles exploding in Baghdad, followed by scenes of looting, anger, starvation, and violence. And now the grim reality of the aftermath-devastated hospitals and wounded children. Add to that the constant worry over chemical or biological reprisal attacks. Coverage is 24/7, with the most violent and disturbing scenes shown repeatedly.
None of us escape unscathed, not even those who sit in the relative safety of home, watching events unfold on TV. Whatever our politics, seeing it live is personal and affects all of us-from young children to veterans of past conflicts.