Two years in, a recollection

Then: "[T]here was a slight lull in the bombing, it seemed to have gotten further away. I took advantage of the relative calm and went to find the telephone... I was amazed to find a dial tone. I began dialing numbers, friends and relatives. We contacted an aunt and an uncle in other parts of Baghdad and the voices on the other end were shaky and wary. 'Are you OK? Is everyone OK?' Was all I could ask on the phone. They were ok… but the bombing was heavy all over Baghdad. Shock and awe had begun..." And now: "Remember when the fear was still fresh and the terror was relatively new and it was possible to be shocked and awed in Iraq?" (Baghdad Burning)

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