In this war, information will be as precious as oil. What you know will depend on where you get your information.The Internet was in full swing during the last Gulf War 12 years ago, but now the benefits of the Web's global reach are a lot more evident. Satellite TV and digital cable are all well and good, but there's no substitute for going straight to the source.
In these weeks leading up to war, there's been some fantastic writing, commentary and analysis in newspapers around the world, and for the first time in history anyone on the planet has access to this, and more.
For years, online versions of newspapers and magazines simply duplicated their print editions.
They were handy tools for those of us in Toronto wanting to read the Times of London (www.the-times.co.uk) or the South China Morning Post (www.scmp.com), but it took time for the papers to take full advantage of the medium.
Now, most online papers are offering special sections, hyperlinked stories and links to expanded coverage and outside reading, grasping control of the Web's diverse strands to present a wider picture of what's really happening.
Even beyond print, the Internet has helped take TV and radio broadcasts even further. Live streams from broadcasters in the region often tell the stories the big newscasters miss, and short of digging your trusty shortwave radio out of the attic (not a bad idea in itself), this is as close to the action as you can get.
The following are some of my favourite news, Web radio and Web TV sites from around the world. Use and learn at your discretion.
www.guardian.co.uk -- The most comprehensive Web site of a newspaper online, including regular updates, a wide swath of information and an oft-imitated weblog roundup of the world's papers.
www.nypost.com -- The belligerent voice of New York City. Worth reading if only for its seemingly insatiable appetite for dissing the French, Germans and anyone else willing to stand up to the States.
www.lemonde.fr -- The French connection. En français, so use your favourite Web translator.
http://english.daralhayat.com -- The English version of Iraq's anti-Bush Dar al Hayat paper, taking shots at Bush, Blair and others.
www.iraqdaily.com -- An Iraq-centric paper with links to stories in papers around the world.
www.kuwaittimes.net -- Includes regular weather updates for the Gulf, in case you were curious, plus the Kuwaiti perspective on the latest NHL games.
www.dawn.com -- The largest-circulation English-language newspaper in Pakistan.
www.tol.cz -- Translating newspapers and stories from journalists in central and eastern Europe, the Balkans and the former USSR.
www.freespeech.org/ -- Radical commentary, video and radio from the U.S.
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice -- The best radio news programming in the world.
www.emi.co.ae -- Emarat FM, United Arab Emirates radio.