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.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

02 January 2005

Happy New Year to everyone. Time is a commodity which as of late is not plentiful. Christmas came and went, with nothing of consequence. The day was rather depressing, all things said. Normal patrol schedule, dinner alone, listening to the band in the Dining Facility play Christmas songs—nice touch, if I do say so. Since that day there have been many things happen here in theatre, an in our small piece of the country. Shootings, snipings, bombings, rockets and all of this being one heck of a way to ring in the New Year. Due to operational security requirements, I cannot go into many major details, however, suffice it to say that this year promises to be eventful, in the least. The closer it gets to the elections, the more heated the environment becomes. As most of you have already probably read in and heard on the news Al Q'aida is in league, cooperating with, and allied to the Al Sunna (I think that is right), terrorist group. Their main goals being the undermining and blockading of the elections, polling sites and the assassination or threatening of political figures; targeting of any of the local populace seen as cooperating with either the coalition or Iraqi security forces; and all of this wrapped up in a big blanket of terror in that these groups have no regard for anyone in the achievement of their goals. They care not for a free, independent and autonomous country. They care only for their one-sided, narrow-minded ideals of a militant and oppressed country aimed only at the desecration of peace and democracy. Freedom is alien to these criminals and until every last one of them is dealt with as harshly as they seem to deal with their own countrymen, freedom will continue to elude these beleaguered people. It is often times frustrating for the fact of the seeming impotence among some of the people, as I have spoken of before, to step up, take action and take a stand for what is right and for what they believe in. Until the day comes when the common man makes a stand against evil in this place, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be a pipe dream to many. I long for the day when the average Iraqi citizen tires of the violence and begin to speak out against that which is wrong.

As some of you already know, through personal e-mails and through family contact, my men and I have had a couple of close calls this past few weeks. My men fought through in fine fashion as not only attests to their character as soldiers, but also as men and brothers, and we are all fine and well. They are willing to take the fight to the enemy and never look back. Onward into the fray right into the teeth of the lion is the way these men operate and I could not be more pleased with them. Be proud of your sons, America. Your security is safe with them.

God bless each and every one of you in the coming year and know that we are on the front lines ensuring the safety and security for generations to follow. I fight because it is right. I am not ashamed of what I have been called upon to do. I will stay this course for as long as it takes to ensure that what happened on that terrible day in 2001, never, ever happens again. Good, night and again, God bless each and every one of you in your endeavors in the coming year. Till next time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to read that christmas was sad for you.
You and your are all the troops continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Stay safe.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Shar said...

Glad to hear from you. I'm happy that you and your men have come through the recent activities alright. Hopefully you'll come through all future ones A-okay too.
Take care.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you and the rest of the troops Jay. Thank you all for the sacrifices you are making to keep us at home safe, and for helping spread freedom around the globe to those who have been oppressed throughout their whole lives.

Gary B.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jay, I hve been reading your blog for the past 5 months, since I have a love one in Baghdad and more specifically in the Green Zone. When I do not here from him, I get some comfort from reading your posts. Please take care, know there are people all over the US praying for you and all the troops. Take care, Christine.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jay, Really sorry about your Christmas, but very glad to hear from you again. I was beginning to get worried about your long absence, although I figured if you had been hurt that your wife would let us all know. May God bless and keep you and all your men safe and well. I never stop praying for you guys morning and night, and also that the Iraqis can do this and help to free themselves. I am very proud that you and yours are Americans. It makes me proud of my country just to know that there are guys like you all out there defending us and representing us. Mimi

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thanking God that you, the love of my life, is ok. I have been so worried about you. I love you and will see you soon!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last anonymous:

Don't be so sure you 'll see him again - soon or otherwise.

It seems Iraq is a dangerous place for American "liberators" those days. The Abu Ghraib pictures which you 've all seen have not helped the situation much, and the testimonies by female inmates routinely raped by your valiant troops (testimonies which most of you have never even heard about, but which each and every Iraqi knows by heart by now) have made things even worse.

So the fact is, many of these "brave American soldiers" are not going to return home - many of them not even covered by a flag. You could say this is sad - but hey, shit happens everyday. tens of thousands of people died just two weeks ago and most of you Americans did not shed a tear for them. A dead Jay or two won't change much in the grand picture, will they?

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more thing:

It seems the moron maintaining this blog has still not learned that "that terrible day in 2001" had nothing to do with Iraq. He also seems to have never learned that the violence to which Iraqis have been subjected - and are still being subjected to - originated in Washington D.C. , not Iraq. He seems to Ignore that close to two million Iraqis have died as a direct result of U.S. policies - first the sanctions, then "shock and awe", then the occupation. He seems oblivious to the fact that most Iraqis have even less access to potable water than they had before the war started.

It is a pity that he will never know why he died - but he only has himself to blame for it. After all, he lives in Baghdad, if he cared to learn he would only have to ask the local people - if he dares to speak to them, that is.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry about feeding the trolls, but this has to be said.

"You could say this is sad - but hey, shit happens everyday. tens of thousands of people died just two weeks ago and most of you Americans did not shed a tear for them. A dead Jay or two won't change much in the grand picture, will they?"

Crawl back under your rock.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for your service and God bless you and your men. I read some Iraqi blogs and they seem positive about their prospects for freedom and elections. May God bless their nation, and they achieve a free nation.

9:26 PM  
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