June 06, 2004


My husband told me that he reads my blog every day when he has internet access. To be honest, that makes me a little self-conscious, since my husband is the smartest man in the world. (Yes, I know I've said the same thing about Den Beste, but we'll just have to live with that paradox.) He also said that, because of the nature of his mission in Iraq, he sees many wedding parties every Thursday, so there's no way the bombing on the Syrian border, on a Tuesday, was a wedding. No way at all.

If you're reading this, Blue 6, know that I love you. Also know that I'm pretty sure you fell asleep while I was telling you a story on the phone, and you're in big trouble, mister. Ha. Get some much-deserved rest and dream of crab rangoon and Captain Morgan. Soldier safe...

Posted by Sarah at June 6, 2004 08:29 AM

"we'll just have to live with that paradox."

No, let's not. Let's have the intellectual duel of the millennium when he comes back. The world's first pay-per-blog event. Watch as Pixy Misa's server burns out as thousands, nay, millions visit your site and watch Blue 6 and the Best compete for the title of पण्डितानां पण्डितः paNDitaanaam paNDitaH "pundit of pundits."

Posted by: Amritas at June 6, 2004 11:26 AM

BBC - May 24

A videotape has been broadcast which purports to show before-and-after footage of a wedding which Iraqis say the US bombed, killing about 40.
The film, released by a US news agency, combines a wedding home movie with video of the aftermath of the attack, which the US says targeted militants.

Some victims and survivors appear to be present in the wedding video.

The US has insisted it was responding to fire from foreign fighters near the border with Syria.

(There have been numerous reports it was a wedding part but the U.S. general doesn't want to admit it.)

The agency says the material broadcast was taken from several hours of footage, apparently filmed by a hired photographer who was among those killed.

The film shows gleaming pick-up trucks - some decorated with ribbons - speeding through the desert apparently en route to the wedding.

The celebrations themselves feature the traditional firing of salutes from guns and singing as well as men dancing to the music of a popular wedding singer.

The singer, Hussein Ali, was also killed, his grieving family told the BBC shortly after the attack.

Clearly visible on the wedding footage is a man playing electric organ who later appears to be among the corpses filmed by APTN.

AP says a reporter and a photographer who interviewed more than a dozen survivors a day after the bombing were able to identify many of them on the wedding party video.

It also says its footage of the aftermath shows remnants of musical instruments, pots and pans, and festive brightly coloured bedding.

'No evidence'

Survivors told journalists the wedding party had ended and guests were in bed when bombing began in the early hours of Wednesday.

Brig Gen Kimmitt suggested the site had been "somewhat of a dormitory" housing "military-aged" men.

Another US official told reporters on Monday that a wedding may have been held at the scene several hours before the air strike.

"We still don't believe that there was a wedding or a wedding party going on when we hit in the early hours of the morning," the unidentified official was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

"Could there have been some sort of celebration going on earlier? Certainly."

The BBC's Caroline Hawley reports from Iraq that, whatever the truth of why the US bombed Makr al-Deeb, it has been a public relations disaster.

Images of the funerals of the victims - and now the apparent video of the wedding itself - have been shown on television around the Arab world and beyond.


Say hello to that smart husband of yours, my nephew just got back from Iraq.


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