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post #1 of 93
Thread Starter 
Keep positive thoughts and prayers folks.

post #2 of 93
I am out of words right now.

I will be praying for everyone...
post #3 of 93
I'm just in shock right now too...I'm almost on the verge of crying. I didn't think that I'd get this way, but my heart just aches right now. I pray that it will all be over soon and everyone will be ok.
post #4 of 93
Thread Starter 
Bush will be giving a speech, I think in 15 - 20 min from now. Turn your television on if your interested.

Air raid sirens over Baghdad and cruise missles have been launched. The TV referred to it as a target of opportunity, basically a fixed target (building) was fired on.

I'm not wanting to be part of this historical event.

post #5 of 93
Thank you, Kass. I will turn the TV on. I probably won't be able to sleep anyway... I mean, I knew it was going to happen but I had this glimmer of hope that it wouldn't.
post #6 of 93
Bush will be on at 10:15 Eastern Time.
post #7 of 93
We're watching the live video, from Baghdad. So far, not as spectacular as 1991 but I'll be up, most of the night, like I was then.
post #8 of 93
I knew it was coming, and even that it was probably going to be tonight, but it still came as a shock. My thoughts are with Anne and her family, and of course all of the men and women from all the coalition forces who will be involved in this, as well as the innocent Iraqi people. I hope this will be quick and relatively painless, as painless as war can possibly be.
post #9 of 93
I kept hoping for a last-minute miracle. How strange it is to know we are watching a part of history right at this moment.
post #10 of 93
Listen to Bush at 10;15 The war has not started! That;s was only the target of opportunity!
post #11 of 93
OMG!!! I feel like I'm in shock right now!
post #12 of 93
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From CNN.com:

WASHINGTON ((CNN) -- The "opening stages" of military action against Iraq have begun, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer announced Wednesday night.

President Bush will address the nation at 10:15 p.m. ÉT, Fleischer said.

Fleischer's brief announcement came at 9:45 p.m., about an hour and 45 minutes after Bush's deadline passed for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to leave the country or face military action.

"The opening stages of the disarmament of the Iraqi regime have begun," said Fleischer.

Air raid sirens were heard in Baghdad at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday (9:30 p.m. Wednesday ET) about 90 minutes after the U.S. deadline for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down or face a U.S.-led military attack.

Bush's deadline for Saddam and his sons to leave Iraq passed Wednesday night without any sign the Iraqi leader was prepared to go into exile to avoid a U.S.-led military attack on his country.

"There is no evidence that the Saddam Hussein has left the country," Fleischer said soon after the 8 p.m. ET deadline passed.

"The president's mood this evening is: The American people are ready to disarm Saddam Hussein and they understand what's at stake. The military is ready. Our cause is just."

The United States and Britain have massed nearly 300,000 troops in the Persian Gulf region.

Earlier, Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, said allied forces were prepared to carry out an "unprecedented" campaign: "If we go, the plans we have are unlike anything anyone has ever seen before."

In the hours leading up to the deadline, about a dozen U.S. and coalition warplanes dropped precision munitions on nearly a dozen Iraqi artillery pieces in the southern no-fly zone that could have been in range of American troops poised to invade southern Iraq, Pentagon officials told CNN.

There was also concern some of the artillery could be capable of using chemical weapons and U.S. planes had been conducting around-the-clock reconnaissance of the sites.

Warplanes also struck Iraqi cable repeater sites and command and control sites. In addition, at least one Al Ababil surface-to-surface missile launcher was struck.
post #13 of 93
sigh....it is now a time for prayers.
post #14 of 93
I have seen the video tape of the air strike several times now. While the air strike was going on there was a car going down the road. I am assuming that the car was driven by an innocent civilian person...that must have been REALLY terrifying!!!!!
post #15 of 93
This wasn't a wholesale bombing, like 1991. It was a surgical strike, at a specific target. The Pentagon has confirmed that, due to some new intelligence, Saddam was the target.

Obviously, there is someone in his inner circle providing information, as to Saddam's movements. I only hope that we got him. That will get this over with, a whole lot faster. In order to kill a snake, you have to cut off the head.
post #16 of 93
OMG - some Irak divisions are already surrendering........

Just hearing this...not sure if this will help but......at this point!
post #17 of 93
this is so scary guys
post #18 of 93
Well, so far it's a bit of an anti-climax. We went to sleep as usualy last night. I told hubby I hope we won't wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of sirens. He said not to wake him up if I hear the sirens - only if I see the flash of a nuclear explosion I hope no one is offended by this bit of black humor - it sure made me laugh last night

On a more serious note, I believe we'll see some fireworks within the next 24 hours and then the Scud attacks risk will get higher. As long as Saddam feels it's not too bad, he won't be tempted to fire his missiles at us (at least I hope so). There is a lot of tension in Israel today. We were instructed to carry on with the daily routines but to take the chemical warfare protection kits (gas masks + atropin shots etc.) with us everywhere we go. Hubby took his with him to work. My mom and sister live right at the middle of the most dangerous spot (where most scuds hit last time), so they have already evacuated their home and went to stay with friends outside the danger zone.

I too hope this will end soon, but I'm afraid it will take at the very least several more weeks
post #19 of 93
He said not to wake him up if I hear the sirens - only if I see the flash of a nuclear explosion
LOL! Funny, Anne. Sounds like something Ozzy would say to Harriet...

Stay Safe!
post #20 of 93
Gosh Anne....my heart is in my throat. Please stay safe......
post #21 of 93
Don't apologize for gallow's humor Anne. None of us can even imagine what its like, to live under the kind of threat that you do. Hopefully, Saddam will be neutralized before he gets a chance at attacking Israel.

Keep us posted, if you can and keep safe.
post #22 of 93
I can't IMAGINE how people in the affected and surrounding areas feel. Last night, right after the first air strike, thru my window lighting lit up the clear dark sky, followed by a rumble of thunder. I kno it's illogical to worry where I am, but my heart caught in my throat.

I'm not much of a religious person, here and there at best, but I prayed all day yesterday for peace, that Saddam would just give up, and George Bush would lay off, but no luck =/ Now that it's started, my support shifts completely to the soldiers. I truly hope everything works out as Bush claims it will, and that it will be as quick and painless as possible.
post #23 of 93
Saddam has fired some of those banned weapons that he "doesn't have", at Kuwait. Guess that this proves the point that US intelligence has been trying to make, all this time.
post #24 of 93
they were scud missiles, but there were no chemical weapons.
post #25 of 93
There were also Al-Samoud (sp?) missiles, that he has supposedly been destroying after they were "miraculously" discovered a few weeks ago.
post #26 of 93
I am praying for the safety of everyone involved.
I was a little disturbed by a comment made by Tom Brokow last night. He said that they were being very strategic of where they (the Americans) attack as in a few days "they will own the city" (refering to Bagdhad). I thought that the action was so that the Iraqi people could have freedom. I do hope that this is resolved with as little bloodshed as possible.
post #27 of 93
Anne stay safe and close to the home. I hope Ron does not have to have such a early taste of war.
post #28 of 93
aid that they were being very strategic of where they (the Americans) attack as in a few days "they will own the city" (refering to Bagdhad).
I really think that was a figure of speech...I also heard him say we are there to liberate the Iraqi people.Tom Brokow, is famous for making weird analogies...he use to tick me off on a regular basis. Afterall, he's a man. (joking guys!)

post #29 of 93
At the rate that the Iraqi army seems to be surrendering, this may not take long, at all. Hussein has only about 15,000 loyal troops (Special Republican Guard). When faced with 300,000 well-trained and well-armed US troops, even THEY might give up, like rats deserting a sinking ship.
post #30 of 93
under this regime.
A lot of people will die, for no good reason.
and it will solve nothing.
All during this insane conflict I have found far more sense in the commentary of Saddam than of the American government.
Bush doesn't care about the Iraqi people, he wants control of the oil. He uses a lot of fancy-sounding catch pharses to try and get support.
I am sick with disgust at his actions, and sick with worry for what will follow.
I have hoped with every fiber in my heart that it would not come to this, that something would make that meglamaniac we have in office back down.
but congress rolled over and played dead
and it seems the UN can't do much either.
I hope someone finds someway to stop Bush before he totally destabilzes an already volitle area and before more lives are lost for his ego.

My worries with the cats and my finances pale in comparison to the events of the world. I snuggled the tiny kittens and gave everyone extra pats. It is all I can do here.

Who was it that said that world peace begins with peace at home?

I am out of words.

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