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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 04:48 PM
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Perry: A Baghdad bomb site everyone should see
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/03/28/btsc.perry.ir...

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- I'm standing with a video camera, held down as far as I can, in the exact spot where less than 15 minutes earlier a man made the choice to blow himself up in an attempt to kill as many people as he could.

The bombed-out compound belongs to Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubaie. Clearly he was the main target of this suicide bombing. Surrounding me are those who survived -- security guards for the now seriously wounded deputy prime minister.

Some of them can barely hear and they all are swinging their weapons back and forth. One of the guards has a belt-fed machine gun. I look at his hands. They're shaking. The safety is switched off the weapon, and it's pointed at me. (Watch the up-close aftermath of the bombing )

"Great," I say to myself. All the little things you wish you didn't notice, but can't help doing so in moments like these.

There are body parts and blood all over the floor, on the walls and even hanging off the ceiling. The walls are peppered with the ball bearings the bomber used to maximize carnage from the explosion. Everything is blown out one door -- the pressure of the blast taking bodies, wood, pieces of the floor and anything else out the single exit and into a small courtyard.

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