Grieving dad condemns war
Grenadian David Douglas has condemned the US-led war in Iraq, two days after his son, British-born CBS cameraman Paul Douglas was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad.
"I think the Americans should get their butt out of there already, and let the people carry on with their lives," Mr Douglas who is mourning the death of his forty-six year old son, told BBC Caribbean in an interview.
He spoke from his home in Grenada where he relocated eight years ago after living in the UK for several years.
"Too many young people are losing their lives. I mean, my son dying now, and he had a young wife, and they have two daughters and three lovely grand children, and he has just been cut off like that at the age of forty-six," Mr Douglas said.
CBS news correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously hurt in the attack; she is in critical but stable condition.
Mr Douglas first got a hint that something was wrong when he received a call from his grandson in the neighbouring British Virgin Island of Tortola.
"He said 'Papa (granddad), have you got the television on', and I said 'no'. He said 'I heard something about Paul Douglas, about some bombing accident'," Mr Douglas told BBC Caribbean.
Douglas said he wasted no time putting on BBC News, where he learnt that two British journalists had been blown up by a bomb in Iraq.
He said while the report confirmed that both had died, no names were given, so he turned over to CBS, and was immediately confronted by his son's picture on the television screen.
"It was such a shock to me I mean I just sat there and I was numb, and it was terrible," Mr Douglas admitted.
Urged son to quit
Mr Douglas said that he had always encouraged Paul to give up what the elder Douglas considered a high risk job, going on assignments in war zones where he continuously had to be dodging bullets and fearing for his life.
"He told me 'Dad you worry too much. It's all right, what will be will be, and I love what I am doing'."
Not surprisingly David Douglas wishes his son hadn't been assigned to cover the Iraq war.
"I always, always always regret he was doing this job."
The grieving father contends that if Paul had had a less stressful beat he would have still been around.
"If he went to cover a cricket match or a football match, he would have been alive today."