Peter Arnett Quotes (12 Quotes)


    The first moments of the bombing, when the skies were lit up, I was in a room across the hall,

    It will be interesting to see if the journalists going with the U.S. this time will be in uniform, will be basically embedded in units, acting like soldiers. This hasn't happened since World War II.

    The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan. Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces.

    Right-wing media and politicians are looking for any opportunity to be critical of the reporters who are here. Some reporters make judgments, but that is not my style. I present both sides and report what I see with my own eyes.

    When the bombing started, we immediately lost power, so we thought we wouldn't be able to broadcast. But then Holliman went to our equipment and just switched out the batteries, and we were able to communicate for several days like that with the hounds of hell falling on our heads.


    Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments.

    I report the truth of what is happening here in Baghdad and will not apologize for it. I have always admired your newspaper and am proud to be working for it.

    I'd like to say from the beginning that the 12 years I've been coming here, I've met unfailing courtesy and cooperation, courtesy from your people and cooperation from the Ministry of Information.

    I am still in shock and awe at being fired.

    He's the one who made that first broadcast possible. He had a real knowledge of broadcasting.

    President Bush says he is concerned about the Iraqi people, but if Iraqi people are dying in numbers, then American policy will be challenged very strongly.

    He had the microphone first, the instinct to broadcast, to be there. He didn't hesitate. He scooped the world.


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