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The Mourning Never Stops In Iraq

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.


We're in mourning here at CBS. Two great people are dead and a third lies terribly hurt at the U.S military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

I left Baghdad Saturday morning — about 48 hours before our people got hit by an improvised explosive device.

The whole time you're in Baghdad, you think about risk. You assess risk. Is the story you want to do worth it? Can you tilt the risk a little more in your favor?

You use your brains, your experience. You ask yourself a lot of questions, and then you do the story.

We said no to a story last week and have no regrets about it.

The reason it's so dangerous, so much more dangerous than even a war like Bosnia — there are no front lines. The war is fought on the street and largely with weapons you never see, which makes it dangerous for reporters ... but much more dangerous for the military and even more dangerous for the Iraqi people.

In Iraq, the mourning never stops.



Harry's daily commentary can be heard on manyCBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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