19 Mar 2003 raph   » (Master)

War

I have given notice that I will be taking two personal days off from work as soon as war begins, and I'll handle my free software community contacts the same way. War looks imminent, if indeed it hasn't started already. I'm prepared to march in San Francisco, and just need to coordinate with my family.

I'm on #war-news on irc.freenode.org, sifting through the reports.

UTC 2204: War has begun.

UTC 2218: There will be a potluck, meeting for worship, and vigil at the Berkeley Friends Church this evening, around 7:00 to 7:30. I expect to be there with the family. Update UTC 0001: This is a "called meeting" of the Quakers, not a general-purpose peace vigil. Non-Quakers are welcome to attend, but do keep in mind that it is a silent meeting. There is a potluck at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7:30.

UTC 2229: An anti-war protester has died in a fall off the Golden Gate Bridge. NPR confirms air-strikes against surface-to-surface artillery inside the Iraqi border.</a>

UTC 2243: Firefight begins.

UTC 2251: Iraqi helicopters fire on Kurdish village.

It doesn't appear to be full-scale conflict yet, but it's certainly imminent.

UTC 2339: It appears that I may have jumped the gun a bit in asserting that the war has begun in earnest. The bombing in the no-fly zone is actually not that new - similar bombing has been going on for a while.

Indeed, there may actually be hope that the invasion can be stopped. A story in the Independent Online quotes an anonymous State Department official as being willing to make a deal for Saddam's exile. However unlikely this may be, it would save untold lives, be considered a victory for America and Bush, and probably save the life of Saddam Hussein and his family.

In any case, I continue to pray for this to play out with minimal loss of life.

UTC 2353: Kevin Burton has set up a "chump" to archive the URL's we're posting on #war-news.

UTC 0137 I've been listening to NPR and reading stories on the Net for about 3.5 hours, and am tiring of it. Whether in Berkeley or at home, I look forward to spending the evening with my family.

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