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