"like Gulf War missiles going 'Fzzzzzz whoossssh' through Baghdad hotel corridors"
was published just a few years after the first Gulf War
, when Western nations had been stunned to hear of the new technical genius of the ordnance deployed in their name. Missiles could travel hundreds of miles and find an Iraqi target to within a few metres.
In these days of satnav, that achievement seems less extraordinary, but at the time it was impressive enough to justify Bridget's hyperbole.