TWO AMERICAN PILOTS CAPTURED ?
Baghdad time: 22:00 hrs Saturday; Sydney AEST 6:00 Sunday [23nd March 2003]
Tel call to Australian Human Shields at 7th April Water Treatment plant, Tigris River. in Baghdad: Hurrah ! got thru on 4th try. Wonder never cease.
M: Could I speak to Rosemarie ? Gillespie ? Waratah ?? -
R: First reply in ? language ? Japanese ?
M: "the Australian Lady, please…!
R: Hi, I'm Donna Mulhoun. Rosemarie.. She's asleep… We'll wake her (Bang in Background)
M: How are things ?
R: DM: Well, they've been bombing all day. The Oil Fields are on fire. There's smoke… We had a raid a 19:00 hrs, again at 21:00 - missiles. Missiles overhead, very loud, don't know where they'll land. Flying quite low.. (DM seems v calm, almost unconcerned)
M: Any message for Australia ?
DONNA MULHOUN: Keep the pressure up, on Howard. Withdraw the Australian troops, this is none of our business..
Rosemarie Gillespie: (comes on line): I've sent you an email.. M: Not received… (Wrong, it was there, when I got the computer up, I'd just missed it, asleep at 1:15 am, which shows one should never go to bed. Show me how to do it..)
Email: "Baghdad Bombarded"
M: Saw an American General, Tony Franklin or such, on TV.. He said his war is going according to plan, ALMOST WON. Frankfurter ?: "Basra is awaiting its Liberation…"
R: Laughs. (Crash heard): Sorry, I was asleep. After a while you ignore the bombs. (Line Bad) (M: please repeat) R: The Americans are running into stiff resistance. They have not (repeat: Not) have not taken Basra. I heard a plane was shot down …. M: Missile ? R: No, plane, fighter jet, two pilots captured.. (no pilots on Tomahawk missiles) Fairly reliable information …
R: We've been getting pretty continous bombing. I was in town, at the Palestine Hotel, (Headquarter office of Human Shields) from the first floor I could see a huge cloud of smoke… Patricia Moynihan (sp?) and I went to the Press Center, to the Ministry of Information Office, about 14:00 hrs, when we got there could hear the bang of a near miss.. The Media people were in front of building, or on the roof. We were supposed to meet the Reuters people, we had agreed to do a TV interview with CTV (Canadian Television, Toronto) .. the Reuters people were on roof, we raced upstairs, caught them coming down… they told us the building is a target, they'd locked up the office, no interview today, maybe tomorrow … Maybe the day after …
(A missile just went past as we were talking, loud)
R: You get used to them, after a while. You see the results, they must have incendiary charges, they set the buildings on fire…
M: What about your (7th of April) Water Treatment plant ?
R: It's working fine. Treating the water.. (Worried: did you get the email: Calling all Comrades" ?
M: That one doesn't seem to have arrived yet … (tell her more about Frankfurters speech.. "US doing everything not to hurt civilians, war going fine, to plan…"
R: Crap. He must have been working in media in Vietnam, perhaps helped the media reporting about Bougainville ?
M: how's Wayne ? R: fine, saw today.
R: One at 22:00 Friday was close.
M: Frankfurter and Co. say helicopters, Brit, US, never shot down, just have accidents.
R They are Accident Prone. An American plane was shot down, 2 pilots captured. (Bang). That's all the time, day and night.
M: What about the Iraqis you know ?
R: They worry about their families. The Children. 1000 missiles last nite, 320 on Baghdad, they try to get their families out of harms way, out of Baghdad. One of our doctors (? Human Shield or Iraqi Peace Team ?) visited hospital. Children with horrible burns. A pediatrician…
R: Only mass civil disobedience (in Australia, USA) will stop these bastards killing more…. LAST NIGHT IT COULD HAVE BEEN US (now 14 Internationals, 3 Australians, at this Water Purification Plant)
M: Are you leaving ?
R: NO !