Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Breaking news in my native country the Netherlands: According to strong rumours (God has been speaking to me again....), temperature in Amsterdam tomorrow will hit 25 degrees Celsius (Maybe 30 degrees, maybe 22 - you never know).

Same thing in Iraq. Tomorrow Baghdad will be 41 degrees. Week from now: 45 degrees Celsius! (see graphic)

Except for hot weather, there is something else going on in Iraq.

First, it is not so extremely violent anymore.

Second: It is still pretty violent and it is still a WAR.

Journalists and audiences though are rapidly losing interest in the Iraq story. According to the New York Times, "collective coverage dropped to four minutes a week from 30 minutes a week at the height of coverage, in September 2007."

So, four minutes of Iraq news a week in every US living room...that's it! And I wouldn't be surprised if its only two or three in Holland.

That leaves you just enough time (2.39 min) to watch the following video I shot in Iraq in 2005. Story goes as follows: After Al-Qaeda guys have thrown a hand grenade towards an Iraqi family, US troops try to help these wounded Iraqi civilians. I was embedded with this American unit when it all happened. Clip is a little bit bloody. Luckily though, the lovely music makes it all worthwhile watching.

I can not agree more with this Dutch singer: Life is so much better whenever the sun shines... Please enjoy this Iraqi/Dutch Summer Hit!

You will find the full New York Times story (right click and open in new window) here

Harald Doornbos


Hudson said...

Amsterdam, NL (Airport)
Geactualiseerd: 10 min 56 sec ago
57 °F / 14 °C
Licht bewolkt
Luchtvochtigheid: 82%
Dauwpunt: 52 °F / 11 °C
Wind: 12 m/u / 18 km/u / 5.1 m/s from the Oost
Luchtdruk: 29.89 inch / 1012 hPa (Luchtdruk stabiel)
Zicht: 5.6 mijlen / 9.0 kilometers
UV: 2 out of 16
Bewolkt: Licht bewolkt 2700 ft / 822 m
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 7 ft / 2 m


It wasn't much beter yesterday neither.

Mike said...

nice post