News from Baghdad

A small spot to describe to a certain extent what it is like for the soldiers here in Iraq. I must remain anonymous as there may be some who would view this as an "official" posting, however, it is not. Just some personal views on the politics and public views in this war that has been to oftentimes tainted by the sensationalism of the media.

Location: Home, United States

I enjoy my job to the fullest, regardless of the political climate at any particular time. My family and my soldiers are the central focal point of my existence as well as my religious viewpoints.

Friday, October 08, 2004

8 October 2004

Once again, to all readers, I thank you for your time in reading these posts and in the comments that each and every one of you send. I have had comments regarding my last post, about soldiers. If you read the post correctly, it states infantryman, cavalryman and artilleryman, and support soldiers. I mentioned everyone, however I may have been remiss in my percieved bias against women by mentioning the combat arms soldiers. The blatant truth of the matter at hand is that although women have made sacrifices, i.e. leaving families, leaving jobs, leaving husbands and children, the MAJORITY of the fighting done on the streets every day is by the combat troops. Yes, convoys are quite dangerous missions, I will grant you, however, most, albeit not all, have either tank or Bradley escorts manned mostly by tankers or infantrymen. We have female soldiers that come with us out on our raids, however their sole purpose is to search females, not to raid. They have a male escort with them as well whose primary mission is to watch her so we don't get tied up doing so and can concentrate on making sure that every soldier in our platoon is taken care of. We call them when we need them, other than that, they stay away. Many of the females that I have served with have acted exemplary, and in no wise am I belittling any of them. We are all soldiers fighting for the same cause, however, the truth is that America has a hard enough time with her sons filling caskets. America would rip itself apart at the seams if it were to have to bury its daughters as well, however tragic each and every case, both man and woman is. I in no wise have created this posting to become a medium centered around "politically correct" rhetoric. If I have offended anyone, I sincerely apoligise. However, each and every one of you, as well as myself, is entitled to his or her opinion. This is what freedom means. Freedom to make your own choices and your own opinions, and to make you beliefs known.

On to my next point in tonight's discussion. First off, if I seem a little jumbled or out of whack this evening (rather this morning), forgive me as it is nearly 3 in the morning here and I had an extremely rough day. We have seen a severe case of racism sprout up here in the country as of late. Before it was primarily centered around religous views, such as Sunni Muslim vs Shia Muslim vs Christian. However, it has come to my attention that one of our interpreters, whose mother is British by birth, has a brother who was denied being allowed into school based upon that fact and that fact alone. His mother has lived in this country for 35 years, and now it becomes an issue. Why? That is the question of the day. Our interpreter is pretty torn up about it because he feels that he is no longer welcome in the land of his birth, however, he feels that he would be welcome no where else based upon the fact that he is a Muslim. I have told him, that no matter where he goes, no matter what country he resides in, unfortunately there will always be racism and differing religious views to contend with. However, I also told him that no matter what or who he encounters, to not fall into the same trap. American, Iraqi, Geman, French, Israeli, Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, etc., we all bleed red. It matters not what one's skin color, sex, religion or beliefs are. We all bleed red. In the words of our Constitution...All men are created equal.

We visited a few of our schools today and we were informed that the headmasters and the headmistresses have been threatened. This makes relatively no sense, for if tehse insurgents wish to win the popular support of the people, how is targeting a school going to help in their quest for power? Once again, just another conundrum in this whole crazy, mixed up mess.
It did do our hearts good, however, when we were able to visit with one of the schools in our sector and talked to each of the classrooms. It is a small school in relation to the size of the building, however there are over 900 children that go to school there. The classrooms are pretty much filled to capacity, and then some. It was good, however, to visit with the children for a while, in grades 1-6 and be able to show them that we are human too, not some monster that Saddam dreamed up and spoon fed his people. We were able to talk to them about staying in school, doing well and growing up to help their country by being doctors, nurses, policemen, firefighters, soldiers, etc. Every child had a smile on their faces and of course, the whole picture taking session had to take place. Every child in this country loves to have thier picture taken. I enjoy being around the children and talking to them. I feel for them, in the same manner, for having to grow up in this environment when they had nothing to do with the situation here.

I will post again tomorrow as it is getting late and I need to get some sleep. Till next time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No words written or spoken could give you and the other soldiers the thanks that is now and always should be given freely from everyone.Yet I find myself trying to express just that. I have read all your letter to my sons the youngest is still to young to understand. My oldest is 6 and says hello and thank you. I try everyday to teach both of them who the real heros our.Thank you, your unit, and your faimlies for trying to make The United States a better and safer place for my sons and the rest the children that live here. Jay my faimy will keep you your unit and all the other soldiers in are prays. May God bless you and keep you safe from harm. Will write again.

A & C & M & J

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check on you every day - thanks so much for your news and reporting.

Glad you're safe, stay that way.


5:42 AM  
Blogger ANGRY RINO said...

Thank you for your work -- both on the ground and on your blog. I appreciate my freedom to raise a family, build a business, and speak my mind. Thank you for protecting those opportunities.

A Grateful American

3:46 AM  
Blogger ANGRY RINO said...

Thank you for your work -- both on the ground and on your blog. I appreciate my freedom to raise a family, build a business, and speak my mind. Thank you for protecting those opportunities.

A Grateful American

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little faith in the future. I view your mission as being quite similar to that of the police fighting our domestic insurgents, street gangs. By choosing to put police forces into gang ridden neighborhoods, the new Chicago police superintendent, Phil Cline, experienced something rarely seen here, a day without any murders or shootings. Given that almost as many Americans die on Chicago's streets (about 600/yr but declining under Supt. Cline) as soldiers in combat in Iraq this is a blessed event. Defeat the bad guys and everyone else's life improves! Let's just hope the people have the moral courage to support the courage of our front line troops both at home and in Iraq. God Bless you & all your men.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't is strange how kids are almost the same everywhere you go?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your posting under the term gentlemen escort. You make some valid points that others should consider on gentlemen escort that should not be taken lightly.

5:06 PM  

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