Iraq War reporter in Gulf: “Apocalyptic” — “One of the more disgusting, vile scenes I’ve ever seen”; “What have we done?”

Dahr Jamail is best known as one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq. His latest report from the Gulf is the most troubling account to date:

  • The scene is apocalyptic.
  • It is one of the more disgusting, vile scenes I’ve ever seen.
  • I look over to see Erika taking photos, tears running down her cheeks.
  • All of us are devastated.
  • Throughout the day, the question “what have we done” drifts into my consciousness.
  • What have we done? How has it come to this? Where do we go from here?
  • Rage at BP melds into a broader anger at all of us for having let it come to this.

What did Jamail and his crew see that caused these deep feelings of sorrow?

Casse-tete Isle, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana:

  • Oil-soaked marsh abounds, and the island smells like a gas station.
  • Piles of oiled oysters rest on the tide line.
  • Everywhere I step near the water, sheen bubbles up out of the soil.
  • Inland, we find tide pools filled with brown oil and sheen.

Timbalier Isle, Louisiana:

  • Huge mats of fresh tar.
  • The farther inland we travel, the worse things become.
  • It’s as though the entire island is a sponge filled with sheen and oil.
  • Several inland pools… are literally oil pits.
  • In one of the pools, brown liquid oil floats atop areas where the sand underneath is literally black with crude oil.
  • Sorbent booms blackened and browned with oil lay chaotically in the lagoon.
  • “This is some of the worst I’ve seen,” says Jonathan, who has been out investigating the results of the BP oil disaster every week since it started in April.

The article is a must read. The photos are must see. Go here.

8 comments to Iraq War reporter in Gulf: “Apocalyptic” — “One of the more disgusting, vile scenes I’ve ever seen”; “What have we done?”

  • jec

    The oil is still there, and due to these reporters, the story gets out there. But where are the large networks and their “honest reporting?” Communities should make a rule to bill BP($$$)–if 24 hours after an oil report, the oil is not removed. Oh, I forgot, BP is supposed to already have cleaned it all up…did someone mention that to the wildlife?

  • Pat

    There is a certain website – calling people who report this stuff “nutters” and says when will they stop? I’m sure he got a big fat pay check from BP, and is a traitor as far as I am concerned.

    Please don’t stop reporting this. Don’t let disgusting entities like BP win.

    Thank you

  • gufyu

    They’ll just keep trying to cover it up, probably forever because that’s what murdering masons do

  • jessica

    Excellent reporting. Thank you for getting the word out!

  • bcv

    Pat, can you please share the site calling people nutters who care about this spill? I’m keeping track of the traitors. Thanks

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