April 11th, 2003

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The capture of Baghdad

I woke up this morning to a report from Andrew Gilligan (BBC Radio reporter) in Baghdad. The despair and disbelief in his voice was terrible as he described the chaos, described people laughing as they looted incubators from hospitals.

I thought it was a good thing that Baghdad had fallen so quickly - fewer lives lost; the sooner it's over, the sooner reconstruction can begin. Now I'm not so sure. At least if there had been time for more soldiers to reach Baghdad before it was taken, they'd have had some chance at control.
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