One thing today that made me realize how lucky we are – lots of people sitting around in the office looking at the war news, as the huge “shock and awe” air attack has gotten underway. It’s sort of surreal almost for us to be here, safe and sound, while who knows what it’s like to be sitting in Bagdhad with all that maelstrom going on around you.

And still despite my repulsion at the political way this whole spiral to conflict has gone, I am hoping that by the fact that the military might is so intense that this will be a relatively bloodless war, and that humanitarian aid will indeed go to the long-suffering people in Iraq.

One more thing – it’s strange how we had never heard the phrase “shock and awe” until a couple of days ago; now it feels like it’s been around for ever.

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