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Paul Wood, my hero!
My dear and brave Paul Wood,
In your last fatigue, you write:
“Still, one unpublished estimate circulating among the US marines is that 30,000 insurgents have been killed since the coalition came to Iraq in 2003.
By that measure of bloody attrition, the coalition is winning.” (US boosts anti-rebel offensive, By Paul Wood, BBC defence correspondent, Friday, 2 December 2005)
How beautifully you master the words “since the coalition came to Iraq in 2003”.
How fascinating your interpretation, ‘more killing more winning’!
When I saw you on TV a few days ago, I was in ecstasy when you referred to the use of white phosphorous in Fallujah as “a public relations disaster for the US”. And you didn’t let the facts interfere with your work. You repeated what has become a milestone in war journalism:
"But I repeat the point made by my editors, over many weeks of total access to the military operation, at all levels, we did not see banned weapons being used, deployed, or even discussed. We cannot therefore report their use."
I really love a man of his word. Bravo!
I must confess, I have a weakness for you. Every time I see you on TV, so confident, brave and strong, I ask myself: Why doesn’t he wear a military uniform?
With endless admiration,
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