In the Mud of War
"My account of the attempted ambush later made the front page of The Times. When I heard that the story had made it to page one, I realised why some journalists choose to become full-time war correspondents: the thrill of writing an I-nearly-died-a-gruesome-death story is almost unbeatable. It requires, however, that you nearly die a gruesome death. To get another story on a similar scale, I thought, I would have to go through the whole nearly-dying thing all over again. And what if I did actually die? Surely only a disturbed person would put themselves in mortal danger simply for front-page bragging rights?"
Chris Ayres, a London Times War Correspondant on being embedded with the Marines.
"The prisoner was on the ground, and he was being beaten with something that wasn't a fist or a boot. A shout and then that slightly resonant sound of flesh and bone giving way to something very hard that was moving fast. And then another shout from the guard, another blow. It went on."
Matthew McAllester, a Newsday Correpondant on eight days in an Iraqi prison.