Thursday, December 11, 2008


If you've seen any of CNN's coverage of the was in Iraq then you've seen Michael Ware. Even before I knew anything about him, it was evident that the man knew what he was talking about and had paid a price for that knowledge. He has been in Iraq longer than our troops have. He has taken citizenship there and spends 11 months a year there. He has been kidnapped and told that he was filming his own execution. That would be enough of an excuse for anyone to leave a job, but he has committed to telling the story. Even at great cost to his personal life, relationships and his physical and emotional health.

After I read about him I was left with one thought: "If this is what war does to a correspondent, what is it doing to our troops? What is it doing to the citizens in who's country this is taking place?

I hope someone, somewhere in a position of authority has a clue as to what they're doing.

1 comment:

Chad E Burns said...

There's been a lot of talk about this--unfortunately not enough--I think that with the economy and the election, people are wanting to just let W go away-just to be done with him--but he should be held accountable. If just reporting had this kind of impact, what must our men and women be going through--or the Iraqi citizens--including members of one of the oldest, most stable Christian communities in the middle east--the Chaldeans of Iraq. Maybe a fitting punishment would be for W to have to "cover" Iraq with Ware for a year--or until the troops are withdrawn--wonder if it would have an impact on him!