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Wednesday, April 09, 2003
Michael J. Totten says "The Middle East is getting a valuable lesson today. As are anti-Americans everywhere." Correct. He also quotes a Fox News article with a quote about Al Jazeera:
"We discovered that all what the [Iraqi] information minister was saying was all lies," said Ali Hassan, a government employee in Cairo, Egypt. "Now no one believes Al-Jazeera anymore."
Some images from today so far:
This last one is of a different statue. There are great images on TV however of IRAQI's dragging the head of the statue from the Firdos Square around. Can't find any yet to post here.
Did Mohammed al-Sahaf get the idea of the moon landing set from my blog? Apparently, according to Steven Chapman he said the following today:
Afterwards, Mohammed al-Sahaf came on to say that the Republican Guard were on the brink of crushing the infidel crusaders underfoot, that they had retaken Baghdad, that no statues of Saddam had been brought down, and the whole thing had been staged in an aircraft hangar in Nevada (the same one they staged the moon landings in).
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Minister of Disinformation
Its great to get a break at least once a day during all this war coverage. Everytime the IRAQI Minister of Disinformation gets on the air I can't help but burst out in laughter. The worst thing is he may actually believe what he's saying!! Perhaps he should look at images like this.
Is this the same set they used to film the fake moon landings or are these guys really sitting in Saddam's Palace?
I had some respect for Al-Jazeera reporting the IRAQ war from a different perspective than other media. However, after today I can simply categorize them as an incredible organization. They seem to think they are so important that the US is targeting media and them specifically to silence them. They are in the middle of a battlefield with an enemy that has proven time and time again that they will filter their defenses through civilian areas. Mistakes happen, weapons malfunction, shit happens on a battlefield. If you think you are safe in a city in the middle of a battlefield with the most deplorable and desperate enemy you are a complete moron.
Looks as though US/coalition troops have pierced the heart of the regime. They are sitting in Saddam's main Presidential palace. This complex is in and around the Baath Party HQ, Saddam's official residence (which is now being used as a POW camp), and Saddam's main bunker and command HQ. In the previous couple days they raided some main Replublican Guards HQ and probably walked over the IRAQI Security Intelligence HQ. Meanwhile the IRAQI Information Minister is saying once again on TV that this is NOT happening while it is being played live on some of the ARAB stations.
This wasn't without casualties however as one of the US HQ unit was hit with a missile (at least 4-6 dead and 10-15 injured as of what they know now). I think a few were embedded reporters but still sketchy info at this point.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Urban Warfare Revolution
I have a feeling that we are going to see the US/coalition revolutionalize urban warfare. Or we won't see much of a fight from Baghdad proper. So far, just like the Gulf War, the coalition has greatly overestimated the fighting effeciency of the Republican Guard or any other unit of IRAQ.
Saturday, April 05, 2003
Legitimate P2P uses
So how do Cable and DSL companies plan to handle very legitimate uses of P2P software like this? I'm pretty sure most of them are cracking down on P2P user by putting restrictions on this kind of software in their acceptable use policies.
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