Empty Days

Wednesday, April 14, 2004



Iraq-n

Just heard the news on PBS - one of the four Italian hostages executed by kidnappers.

What are the chances for T.Hamill now? and those many others: the three japanese, the canadian whom arab news continue to describe as an Israeli agent, and all others?

The fact is - you can't just go after those guys. You don't even know where they are holed up. The heart of the country looks like a huge collection of wildly unpredictable mouse-traps right now.

***

View from Baghdad has surreal pictures and surreal stories of a city on the brink of lawlessness. Excerpt:
At about 8am on a very smoggy Baghdad morning, I happened to be up on my balcony and caught the first impact of a 2 mortar (or rocket, not sure) attack. [see picture1]
Then, as I was writing the first sentence above, a sharp, loud crack which I have come to recognize as something small and close. This scene was outside my window in the Karada intersection. [see picture2]
But half an hour later, Baghdadis behaved as if it never happened. [see picture3]
And all this is nothing but a distant echo of ongoing battles elsewhere.

***

Was reading some on-the-ground reporting by French journalists - from a week old. They've been interviewing some of the locals who were present when the four contractors were ambushed in Fallujah. A witness said that two of the men in one of the cars survived the impact of RPG and tried to get out of the car, but the crowd pushed them back inside despite their pleading, poured gasoline over their car and they were burned alive.

The rest is history.





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