To say that this site had very humble beginnings is an understatement -- at first I was just sharing his clips with friends, because his reports were so unlike what we were hearing from the rest of the media. Within a couple months I put up a very small site to hold all of the ones I had been able to copy, and then he started making more and more appearances on CNN, and my collection got bigger. Eventually I had to move to a larger host company, and then he signed with CNN, and there are some days when I can barely keep up with him!
Along the way I bought a TiVo, several software upgrades, a second TiVo, even more webspace... I've heard from people all around the world who consider his reports a vital resource in understanding what happened (and is still happening) in Iraq and thanking me for making his work readily available. More importantly, the rest of the media, and the world, has caught up with him and now understands what he was saying two long years ago.
One thing that hasn't changed: the honesty and courage that was so absolutely stunning to me that first night remains so today. We are extremely fortunate that a man like Michael Ware cares so very much about learning the truth and passing it on to us.
Also, this week's blurb for This Week at War:
The Battle for Iraq: Violence is down but can the downward trend be sustained?
Michael Gordon, The New York Times; Author, "Cobra II" (DC)
Michael Ware, CNN International Correspondent (Baghdad)
A terrific interview with Michael was posted today on the website of Asharq Alawsat newspaper.
The interview was conducted while he was in Paris last month.
Q & A with CNN's Michael Ware
By Enaam Kajjah Ji in Paris
Q: How did the idea of going to Iraq emerge?
A: I went to Kurdistan at the beginning of 2003 before the military attack [on Iraq]. I got to Baghdad after the fall of Tikrit in April 2003. I’ve been there for four and a half years.
(I did these myself, so the good stuff all belongs to Michael, any errors are mine, etc. I used to do this for a living, so hopefully there aren't too many errors...)