Sunday, January 29, 2006

ABC's Bob Woodruff, cameraman seriously injured in Iraq

ABC News - "World News Tonight" anchor, Bob Woodruff and his camera man, Doug Vogt, are both in serious condition after they were hit by an improvised explosive device in Taji, Iraq, today. Woodruff is undergoing surgery at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, where Vogt also is being treated. Woodruff, Vogt and their four-man team were traveling in a convoy with the Iraqi army. They were in a mechanized vehicle when the explosive went off. The exposion was followed by small arms fire. Both men suffered head injuries. Woodruff sustained shrapnel wounds and Vogt was hit by shrapnel in the head and suffered a broken shoulder.

My thoughts and prayers are with Woodruff and Vogt's families.

TV Newser has posted a
link to a piece written by CNN correspondent Michael Holmes, reflecting on the day two of his colleagues were killed in Iraq two years ago. It's definitely an emotional must-read:

It was January 27, 2004, my third "tour" of Iraq. I'm now nearing the end of my fifth, and the sad reality -- for me, at least -- is this place seems less secure each time I've come. More necessary security, more danger, a greater likelihood you could get killed doing your job. I've had my share of risky assignments, from Afghanistan to Gaza and the West Bank, Rwanda to Romania during the 1989 revolution. None come close to the daily feeling here that anything could happen to you, at any time.

It's a sad fact of war coverage that casualties become numbers, compounding the tragedy by trivializing the individual. But that's what many victims here have become -- numbers...