October 05, 2004


Rosemary writes:

I have learned that one of my friends has been shot and is in a hospital in Iraq. We met through the internet blogosphere, and I have never seen him. Yet my heart is sick with sadness.

More information here.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 5, 2004 05:59 AM

[Moronic comment deleted -- The Management.]

Posted by: Some asshole at October 5, 2004 at 06:40 AM

Alaa was a good source of information for us all. It is a tragedy if he dies.

I'm always a little suspicious when some third party says it was a bullet from a Humvee that hit him. It is not likely that our forces are shooting in the direction of a hospital unless it happens to be a ways from the fighting. Of course it is possible, but for a Humvee to be firing at a hospital so close that a witness could see the shot, doesn't pass the smell test.

In any case, my prayers go out to ALAA and his family.

Posted by: EddieP at October 5, 2004 at 06:51 AM

The joys of a war zone. I am increasingly hopeful that we are beginning to cleanse these areas finally, then this will become a rarer circumstance, wherever the bullet actually might have come from.

Posted by: JEM at October 5, 2004 at 07:02 AM

Humvees are equipped with .50-caliber machine guns. Since Alaa is alive, we can presume he was not shot with one of those (unless the bullet went through several masonry walls first). It could have been an infantry rifle, of course.

Is this the Alaa of messopotamian.blogspot.com? Either way, best wishes for his recovery.

Posted by: dipnut at October 5, 2004 at 10:50 AM

Probably not. He posted to his blog on a week ago Friday, the shooting happened three weeks ago.

Posted by: SteveH at October 5, 2004 at 01:39 PM

Could the "some asshole" be banned?

Thank you.

Posted by: Quentin George at October 5, 2004 at 08:46 PM

I'll do that right now. (I'm stuck with only internet at work for this week.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 5, 2004 at 11:11 PM