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Elemennntal
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posted 08 April 2003 02:47 AM      Profile for Elemennntal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Robert Fisk: It seemed as if Baghdad would fall within hours. But the day was characterised by crazed normality, high farce and death

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As night fell, I came across three Iraqi defenders at the eastern end of the great Rashid Bridge.These three – two Baathist militiamen and a policeman – were ready to defend the eastern shore from the greatest army known to man.

That in itself, I thought, said something about both the courage and the hopelessness of the Arabs.



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al-Qa'bong
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posted 08 April 2003 02:58 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Amid the crack of gunfire and the tracer streaking across the river, and the huge oil fires that the Iraqis lit to give them cover to retreat, one had to look away – to the great river bridges further north, into the pale green waters of that most ancient of rivers – to realise that a Western army on a moral crusade had broken through to the heart of an Arab city for the first time since General Allenby marched into Jerusalem in 1918. But Allenby walked into Jerusalem on foot, in reverence for Christ's birthplace and yesterday's American thrust into Baghdad had neither humility nor honour about it.

The best thing I've yet seen written about this obscene war.

The city of the Caliphs has been invaded by barbarians.


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Elemennntal
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Throughout this whole 'war', I've been reading Robert Fisk's column at the Independent.co.uk website, and he's been THE real perspective in some otherwise sham reporting.
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posted 08 April 2003 03:11 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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"How dare you slumber in the shade of complacent safety leading lives as frivolous as garden flowers, while your brothers in Syria have no dwelling place save the bellies of vultures? Blood has been spilled! Beautiful young girls have been shamed, and must now hide their sweet faces in their hands! Shall the valorous Arabs resign themselves to insults, and the valiant Persians accept dishonour?"

Qadi Abu Sa'ad al-Hawari to al-Mastazhir Billah
Baghdad. August 1099

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