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Baghdad without water – 6 Million People, 117 Degrees And No Water

On the bright side…our man in Iraq, David, has made it back home safely. Of course, for everyone else…well…this situation more than sucks

For the past 24 hours, Baghdad has had virtually no running water.
Major parts of the city of six million people have lacked running water for six days, while daily high temperatures have ranged from 115 to 120 degrees. The tiny amount of water dripping through the pipes is causing many of those who must drink it to suffer acute intestinal illness.
According to reports, not enough electricity is available to run Baghdad’s water pumps. This in a country with vast energy resources.
Corporate media outlets-to the extent they have reported this horrific and mind-boggling story at all-have treated it as a failure on the part of Iraqis.
In reality, it is an appalling war crime committed by the occupying power, the U.S. military. It threatens the lives of tens of thousands of people in the short term and unthinkable numbers of people unless it is rectified immediately.
According to Article 55 of Geneva Conventions (1949) to which the U.S. government is a signatory: “To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.”
Article 59 states: “If the whole or part of the population of an occupied territory is inadequately supplied, the Occupying Power shall agree to relief schemes on behalf of the said population, and shall facilitate them by all the means at its disposal.”
To say that a huge city deprived of running water is “inadequately supplied” would rank as one of the great understatements of human history.
Of course, the shortage of water-the most vital of all necessities-does not extend to the U.S. personnel and contractors occupying Iraq.
The U.S. government tries to relieve itself of its obligations by pretending that Iraq’s “sovereignty” was restored in June 2004. But that is just another hoax.
Since its illegal invasion and conquest of Iraq in the spring of 2003, the real state power in the country has been the U.S. military.
This latest catastrophe to afflict the Iraqi people is another poisonous fruit of imperialist occupation. Not even in the worst times during the U.S. blockade of Iraq from 1990-2003, did such a disaster occur.
The U.S. regime in Iraq must provide the people of Baghdad with relief in the short-term to avert unprecedented disaster. The U.S. occupation must come to an immediate end. The officials responsible for the terrible crimes committed against the Iraqi people must be held accountable. The U.S. government owes Iraq vast reparations for the death and destruction imposed on that society by an illegal war of aggression.

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Letter from Iraq


The following letter is from a soldier I know in Iraq. I wanted to make sure that he was alright with me publishing it and I sent him an email. He wanted to add the following so that people could better understand where he is coming from. -cd
Here is his addendum:

not a disclaimer but…
You know I only write letters when I am at the height of my mood swings, when I feel full of anger and fury, when I feel powerless, when I see soldiers with black armbands, when it seems every week there is a memorial for a soldier at the chapel. The mood swings are more often now, there is survivor guilt, there is remorse to leave now knowing I leave so many behind in this war. you know what the worst thing is about serving in war, is how you convince yourself it is right to avoid thinking about deaths of your fellow soldiers. A soldier died just a few trailers down from me. I passed him a few times walking to the shower trailers, they had a memorial for him, i didn’t know him and only just exchanged pleasantries, but i forced myself to go to his memorial. Should I let these lives and deaths into my life, even though it tears me up to no end. or should I avoid all of it, not think of it at all. I worry if I don’t let them in, if I don’t care, than who will, when our finest young that die are now just numbers that scroll by on the bottom of news feeds, “7 soldiers die in Iraq, … Paris Hilton serves first day in jail.” at what point has the sacrafice of young americans become so ordinary and common that thier deaths are only worthy of a blurb on tv. If i don’t care enough and I am over here, who will? I don’t know anymore. I guess I am trying to let you know that I am not this soldier all the times, full of fury and hate, … there are quiet times, and times of just zoning out, than its obvious we are at war and people are wiping blood off concrete barriers.

Here is the original.

so the man has shut off most of our web sites, even gmail is close to impossible to get to, (we have to use a proxy) the man says its for opsec, but considering I work Intel i know that is a bunch of bull shit. this is just a way for the man to shut us up. They say soldiers inadvertently give away operational secrets, that is bullshit. They are just concerned that soldiers are telling thier friends and family how fucked up this situation and how fucking far we are from even coming close to a real permanet solution. ( oh, wait, my conservative friends will say I just aided the enemy, …. send me to the stockade for using my first amendment right ! I guess I am a terrorist because I have a first hand opinion about a bloody civil war that does not align with the currend administrations view of the war ) …. what is that knocking on the door. Oh , Its the man, you see i missed my last three brain washing sessions the army had apointed for me. sorry. free thinking coming back into my head.
but these fucking conservatives only get half the backlash, How much can i stand of this liberal bullshit about Darfur. yes, Darfur is bad , but now its alright to occupy a country with our Army… liberals, Now it is alright to say fuck your soverignty and our values and our views are right , and we have the right to save these people. Liberals, the kurds were going through the same fucking thing with Sadaam in power. But I guess Amnesty International is the final say in when we pick up arms. they are the holy messiah of what is right. So when Mr. Liberal forms his opinion from an MTV video and says our Army should go in to stop this injustice, know that fuck tard is a hypocrite if he opposed Iraq. and yes, you freely saying we should send troops into Darfur means a little more to me than you, because I could possibly be one of those soldiers going over. so before you freely say we should send troops maybe you should back that up yourselves and join the army and say lets go to Darfur! didn’t think so.
NEWS FLASH…. if we did what Amnesty International wants and send US troops into Darfu to stop the violence. I promise you six months afterward Amnesty International will have an article saying “US Troops in violation of human rights in Darfur”. So fuck Amnesty International, they are a political organization in non profit clothing and they support terrorist organizations. and thier aims are not all richteous. I know that for sure.
But in the end I already came to the realization I am just a tool, a tool for whoever is in office, i mean we as soldiers are already being jerked around by both parties. Being a soldier is honorable, being used for political aims is not. I honestly don’t think a single fucking politician actually gives a damn about us, we are an end to a means for them. and when i say that I include our president, rudy guiliani, pelosi, clinton, edwards, obama, and every fucking politician. I already have decided I will not admit I was ever here, if people ask me how Iraq was, I will say, “what are you talking about, I was never there.” There is little to be proud about this deployment, and if you think otherwise you are a fool. all it means is that you got suckered.
Can you tell I am not going to reenlist. I am actually going to try and make sure no one enlists, it will be my goal to un-enlist as many people as possible. I will see that as my civic duty. Hell join the coast guard, airforce, or anything else, I am past whining and feel i am about to punch someone.
I just read this interesting stat, nearly 40 percent of people in the Active Army have yet to get deployed to Iraq or Afganistan, but still they are taking people off IIR. IIR is where you are basically out of the military, but still can get called up if things get crazy, but knowing that 40 percent of the Army has not yet served in Iraq and they are calling up IIR is just ridiculous. but that is the culture of the army. this is how they fuck you. no, not fuck you. but FUCK you. lets say you are close to finishing your contract with the army, and you decide not to re-enlist, the commander will try to convince you to. but still you are of sanity and you say no, i did my part and gave back to the army. The army will reassign you to another unit that is about to get deployed, so if say you got like three months left on your contract they will send you to another unit that is deploying in two months and now you will have to go on that deployment. that is the dark secret of the army, that is how this country repays the citizens who decide to protect freedom , that is the respect this Army thinks is due to them, and I know i will have to put up with that myself. I know this for a fact, already seen it. So I got venom in my mouth from this. sure they are trying to keep up numbers.
NEWS FLASH… if the army actually was used in a proper way and not to support corrupt interests more people would stay on. they wouldn’t have to do underhanded shit like this. anyways,
Just watching band of brothers, at darkly morbid and terrible as it sounds, at least the deaths of those GIs in world war 2 meant something, we have no allies here in Iraq, the shiias and sunni both could turn on us at any second, because the mast majority of iraqis want to live in peace, over 90 percent, but the radicals are equally mixed in all the populations, what that means is you can’t trust anyone, one bad apple in every crowd. Every inroad we make we take steps backward elsewhere, we constantly hear insurgents taking over small cities, we have to recapture them and down the road they recapture and hold up another city. this is ridiculous. they see us as an invading tribe. We really are an occupying force and why are we here? the most obvious of questions we can’t answer.
I have decided I am going to stay at my demob station for a little longer with a medical issue, one to get something fixed and the other to avoid the hooplah and fake celebration of coming home ‘heros’ , already i feel nauseas at the thought. i really want to go home with no fanfare, put away my uniform and not think of it ever again.

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The Latest Online Scam Letter

Here is the latest incarnation of the Nigerian gang. they get points for creativity. Please feel free to answer Fuck Yes! to whomever wrote this. I’ve included the email at the bottom. It’s an interesting mix, part loyal supported troop and part getting over on the system. Sort of a chainletter version of the movie Three Kings. Soon it will just be called the “Letter from Iraq” scam.
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Capt. Godson Awa
USMC, Iraq
Dear Friend,
Greetings to you and your family. My name is Captain Godson Awa. I am an American Soldier and serving in the US Military in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiments, Patrols Tail Afar, in Iraq. I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to
contact you. I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $1,470,000 (One million four Hundred and Seventy Thousand US dollars) to the States or any safe country of your choice, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here. This is no stolen money, there is no risk or harm on this business transaction
SOURCE OF MONEY:
Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation and it was agreed by all party present that the money will shared among us. This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole.
The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working with the UN here ( his office enjoys some immunity ) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, and before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative.
I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endevour to contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship. Please respond via e-mail address for security reason
( godsonawa@excite.com )
Respectfully,
Captain Godson Awa

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A New Letter from Iraq

These letters are from a soldier enlisted in the U.S. Army . If you have questions or observations, you can post them here and he will see them. Whether he chooses to answer them or not…that is up to him.
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I know its been some time since I last wrote. Everything is ok here, of course recent events have stirred up a bit of what we are doing, you can read the recent major headlines in Iraq and know we are a Millitary Intelligence unit and you can add it all up.
Of course everyone is concerned, in many ways its easy for me to forget I am at war, but its not that I forget I am at war, but I have become so accustomed to living in a warzone, to hearing gun shots, mortars and rockets falling and seeing tracers flying across the sky.
Truth is I definetly have one of the better jobs in Iraq and very rarely put in immediate danger. Of course that is everyones fear that you become so blasé about it that you lose your edge, but truth be told the things I have to worry about are stray bullets and a mortars and if I get clipped than there is not much I can do about it.
I already feel strange, you can probally already tell my thoughts are very fractured, I can’t keep thoughts straight in my head and seem to be forgetting a lot of things. I don’t know what it is, I definetly am losing focus here, in the beginning of this deployment I felt a lot sharper now everything is a haze, I am glad I am coming home soon and not getting extended. I can’t imagine an additional three months, though part of me wonders how I will adapt back to civilian life.
I wish I had some interesting stuff to tell you , I mean there is very interesting missions we are going on and gathering intelligence but there is nothing I can even remotely tell you. Do I think any of what we are doing is causing a difference? I don’t know? It feels like we are trying to move a mountain one bucket of rock and dirt at a time. But I guess you have to start some where. I do wish all my army friends could be here even just for a little time, it does provide you with a new way of seeing things and how we fit in this world.
The truth is I have so much hate and anger for so many things over here, but I am not going to rant anymore, its just all to futile. There is nothing an enlisted soldier can do or say that is going to make a lick of difference. So I will keep my complaints to myself and just focus on the positive things going on in my life. I know that seems like selling out in some ways, or being disingenuous, ’cause one of the reasons I joined was I believe people should stand up for what they believe in . but now I am considering just self pursuit. Honestly one part of me was truly considering joining a government agency but the truth is , if the army is any indication, people in government jobs are half way useless, it’s a job for lazy people who want to skate by, there is no active oversight and no one gives a damn. If the army was a private organization half the people would have been fired a long time ago and the vast majority of people would not have the rank (position) they have now. I have seen so many idiots in high ranking positions that I am not surprised that things are this fucked up. All you do is go to these schools for advancement, keep your mouth shut, play the political game , laugh at some officers bad jokes and get promoted without a care for your talent or ability.
Ok , somehow that turned into a rant. I guess I can’t send home a letter without at least one, but just think of it as me practicing my freedoms.
That is why I am going to move into the private sector, tired of useless people in the government that get in the way of people who give a damn. At least I know the success (or failure) I achieve will be achieved by my hard work or not. Well haven’t started anything yet…so we will see.
But yeah, just counting down the days, …

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Thoughts about deployment extension from a soldier in Iraq

The following comes from a pissed off soldier in Iraq. He can identify himself if he wants to. For now, I think we should call him A. Nonymous.
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So, if you have not heard already all active duty soldiers in Iraq will be extended for three months. I know for the most of you that doesn’t sound like alot, I remember when I was a civilian, days just flew by and holidays seemed to pile up on eachother and again it was christmas time and you would have to scamper around to buy gifts. Time does fly but not here in Iraq. I will tell you honestly, the first foot you place in Iraq is when you start your count down, the clock starts and you can’t wait to be home. We all are damn proud to serve our country, of course many of us wish this deployment was more honorable. But we are soldiers and when they call upon us we don’t turn our back on our country. That said, I want you to know no matter what any politician or officer says on the tv about morale staying high in the face of the extenstion, well that is bullshit. total and utter bullshit from what I see here. Its one thing to extend but its another to sugarcoat and say that the soldiers are taking it in stride. I think we are in the stages of accepting loss, and I think the first stage is shock and disbelief.
There is a chance I might be home on our regular time because we are a national guard unit and the secretary of defense said it would not affect the marines , national guard, or reserves. But I am in a guard unit under an active duty brigade. so who knows. we have an expression in the millitary, ‘expect the worst, hope for the best’ so my mindset is that we are getting extended 3 months.
but isn’t it strange that the marines have 7 month tours, and navy and airforce have 6 month tours, while the army is going to extend tours to 15 months. um… the serectary of defense was saying it would be fair for us to extend so the other army brigades get at least a full year of rest before deploying. Am I the only one who sees the huge elephant in the room. Why doesn’t the other services pick up some slack. Surely Navy people don’t need to be in a boat to serve? I mean you go where the fight is, am I right or wrong.
My uncle called me up and asked if I could call my nephew because he was thinking of joining the Army. He asked me to convince him not to join. interesting. In some ways it was the first time I had thought of what I would do if someone asked me for advice. Now my answer is clear as crystal. HELL FUCKING NO! Now don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been a terrible choice but there are many many ways you can serve this great country with out getting screwed by the man. I would say volunteer locally, or join the peace corps, or the coast guard for that matter. But now joining the Army is a terrible idea in my opinion. And I don’t give a damn what any former vet or current soldier thinks, because at the end of the day its your own ass on the line, and of course your army buddies will have your back, and most will give thier lives for yours, the most honorable people I have ever met are in the Army, but God Damn it if the politicians in this country and officers don’t give a damn about you and just care about achieving rank or political motives or making rich fat cats richer. So if you join the army you will meet some amazing courageous honorable people but you will put your life in the hands of complete utter slime politicians. and don’t think this is a minority opinion on my behalf.
It was funny one of the commanders at the begining of the year asked my why I looked so glum and he reminded me that this was the last September we would have here in Iraq. That really pissed me off , that was literally inviting a jinx. so now there is a chance we are staying another 3 months, this is like playing a board game and seeing the end in sight, and sorry, getting dealt a card, go back to the middle of the board…awesome.
plus, I really don’t know if having people extend is such a good idea, even voluntarily extending, because there is no way anyone who is here for a year is at all motivated to stay on. when we started we had a few soldiers who volunteered to stay an extra year. patriotism? no strictly for the money and they had the worst attitudes in the world. and as this deployment has gone on I can see how our attitudes are becoming how thiers were.
Oh wait!!!! I just realized that my low morale only empowers the enemy. I guess I am the reason we are losing the war and its not the ineptness of….I won’t even finish that sentence. I just love how corespondants on tv can gab away and say shit like that on tv. I guess you are seeing the transition from shock and disbelief to anger, great Stage 2. so happy to be here. just feel like to punch someone in the face right now! repeatedly!

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Letter from Iraq #18

This is the latest letter from David, a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq….
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I recently went on a long convoy, I thought you might want to know what the expierence is like.
The convoy didn’t start off great as the first stop we went to get gas and the attendant said it was only for the Iraqi Army and Police force. Seriously what is the use of taking over and conquering a country if you can’t get gas anywhere I mean isn’t gas the reason we are here…so the terrorists don’t control it…anyways that was disheartining, and I didn’t feel at all safe parked next to huge 10,000 gallon tanks of combustible gas…so went to another spot on base and the Iraqi dispensing it asked for some money. Jesus Christ we spend 300 billion on this war and still some Iraqi has his hands out, We said no, he still insisted (did he not see we had loaded automatic weapons on us….give us some god damn gas!) finally some Iraqi officers who were eager to please any American military got us some gas. that was before we even left one mile from the compound.

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Letter from Iraq #17

multinational forces
I am here at echo, its in diwaniyah iraq, Its polish controlled, a coalliton partner, but everyone is here, latvians, mongolians, romanians, el salvadorians, a few british and us the american kids. Its strange , some say that the poles and the iraqis have an agreement not to attack eachother. the longer you stay in iraq the more you realize how fucked up this place is, how many deals are made between sheiks and tribes in the area. Its amazing, everyone gets paid off.
of course the sentiment around here is the poles are useless as are the other coaliton partners here at echo, hate to say it, and I like that there is an international force, but supposedly they are merely window dressing, but that makes sense it really isn’t thier war. its not thier big fuck up. but it is aggravating realizing your life is in the hands of another peoples country. just recently I got mortarted again, this time much closer. how close , within 100 feet, talk about an adrenalin rush, now it seems I have been at both mortar attacks against our battalion, i must be a magner for this shit. and I was very scared, the first thought I had, was damn, it does sound like lightning.

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Letter from Iraq #16

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from David, a U.S. soldier we know in Iraq. Here is his latest. We are glad he is alright.
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the ride over on the bird, well its an expierence that is too surreal, after being bombarded as an American with all types of War movies and images, most notably Vietnam movies where the countryside of Nam is swept across by a helicopter and town villagers and field animals scurry about at the sound and fury of the helicopter, this is what rang in my head as I flew over Iraq, right now it is coming to the end of the rainy season in Iraq and most of the country is green pastures, as the birds fly low , just above power wire height it is strange to see the locals tending sheep, the woman in thier black garb that covers most of thier body, look like moving black shadows on the ground, the kids are giddy and jump at the sight, but we fly so fast and low before anyone even know we approach we are already gone.  It was around 6 stops to the final destination and I wish I could say it was peaceful but we surely got shot at or were in range of fire as the bird shot off flares and pitched and weaved in the air in avoidance, by the time the bird has made its sudden roll and veer to evade fire do you realize that they were shooting at you. Most of the riders on the black hawk turn into jovial kids at the ride, its a mixture of eager antcipation at the begining of a rollercoaster and dread and unease at being encased in such a thunderous contraption, its is strange lifting off, it feels like someone is shoving you upward and the nature of flight is so much different than that of an airplane. the helicopter works on a different law of gravity and lift than the airplane and you don’t think much of it on the ground but in the air it becomes apparent its a different type of flight. I was quesy for half the time i was in the air and the other half dumbstruck by the lay of the land. I had never seen Baghdad like that and I saw each street corner of my fears, I have been laboring over maps, doing route assesments for teams, reading of roadside bombs that litter highways, even though I have never driven on some of these streets, they came alive from landmarks and bridges that dot the maps we mark at headquarters, now I was flying over  these same roads where the terror happens, sometimes, even in Iraq in a secluded HQ building it is easy to forget you are at war. but honestly its for the best, because if everyday you dug yourself into the bloodshed and happenings of war you would go crazy, I know it happened to me in the beging. but flying over baghdad brings it all back home. seeing destroyed vehicles toppled on thier back on the side of roads, seeing blasted out holes in fields next to military bases where mortars were misaimed, seeing tangled wrecked buildings that are constant reminders of this country being invaded and conquered and still occupied and still not being able to heal itself. all this you feel as you sweep over the city, running fast over rooftops, sweeping with strong wind the flags even the poorest of residents fly high over thier houses, its shows allegiance to a certain sect and clan. these flags let people know who you represent. it is flying over a war zone, as simple as that, watching a city collapse on itself, maybe my quesyness was less the ride and knowing the possibility someone would want to take aim with a shoulder fired rocket and take us down. I can’t believe the pilots who fly out everyday, sure it was peaceful in the begining, but now the insurgents are feeling lucky about taking down helicopters, and now it seems everyone is taking pot shots at our birds, why not, before we even know they are firing we are gone and they are gone,  to take down a bird is might praise for allah it seems, no matter wether you are shiia or sunni. The other small bother is you never know where the hell you are, for first timers everything is new, and place you land you see for the first time, so I had no idea wether I was at my location or not, luckily there were others that had the same destination.  the person I work with admitted he had fell ill on the ride over and puked in his hat. i felt a little better about my volitionto keep my innards inside me.  we landed and were greeted and took a short ride to the compound.
of course first impressions are always confused and strange, as before you know it you are whisked someplace else. the base is controlled by australians, they showed us our rooms and our american counterparts seemed to want nothing more to do with us becuase they realized for us to do our mission we needed that independencw wich was greatly appreciated, at first coming to our small small rooms, most bathrooms are larger than our room and we share it with an interperter. we changed into civilian clothes which by the way is always a treat and a comfort just knowing that our identity would not be known, the locals on the base assumed we were Australians because the americans wear uniforms here. so that was an added benefit. I had picked up some dark khakis and an expensive “Columbia” button down shirt, looking exactly like a soldier trying to fit into a foreign country.  with a side arm by my side a Kbar knife strapped to my belt, I looked like some goverment hack.
It is strange being here around australians, it is actually run by an Australian contracting company, needless to say the blokes here are the epitomy of masculine, most of them are former rugby – cop – martial arts guys, they are big and gruff and look like the rolled up spirit of the outback  in all its g’day mate glory. I much prefer them to the Americans, they are so gruff and at ease that its is a wierd mixture concotion and feels like I am tasting a new beverage, I am not social and besides the usual greetings of the day we haven’t talked much. I am too woried if I have a conversation with them I will fall back on the obvious Australian things I know, like steve irvin, crocodile dundee, and put a shrimp on the barbee, wich by the way we had for lunch. I rather not go down that conversational path with them plus thier breed is a bit different than my own, of course I am probally generalizing but the spirit of the outback they envoke is not where I come from,
the food here is great, beyond words great. it seems everyone else that shows up to fight in Iraq (beside US) bring incredible amenities with them. the Australians hire a 4 star chef to feed thier little contingent here, the food is incredible, I am sure all food gets old, but I was taken back by how high quality the food was and look forward to every meal. it is clearly better than the average restaraunt in the states. I could literally see someone paying close to 30 dollars a plate for what they serve, today I had shrpimp seafood kabobs, chicken pasta, olives, flatbread and assorted deserts,
I can’t go into detail why I am here but the base mission here is to train Iraqi police, I don’t know the precise number and if I did I couldn’t give it to you but we are getting alot soon and the mission of the austalians is to train them up and ready to serve thier country. of course I was worried about the prospect of living with thousands of iraqis but now I have resigned myself to the task and more comfortable with the security measures implemented.  I can’t say more than that, though I do sleep with my gun fully loaded under my pillow. I guess that in itself is strange when you have to sleep with a gun under your pillow and even stranger when it doesn’t seem that strange to you.
I forgot to tell you about the sheep and turkey, inside the gates there are a few wobblin’ gobblin turkeys that lurch around making themselves an attraction in such long boring days, and than there are the 4 sheep that nibble the grass, they have left a spicket of water run constantly and it drains into a green foilage tract of land where the turkeys and sheep live. It is strange seeing the turkey and sheep mill about on base and makes any concern I had for safety seems silly. i guess if the turkey and sheep have no problem with it than why should I.
Of course I did something stupid I decided to take a walk outside the gate with my interperter and 2 other guys, of course we were armed when we left but it was unneccesary risk, walking down back roads to a small shop in the distant because one of the guys wanted to buy an iraqna phone card for more minutes on his cell. walking down barren roads, with Iraq amry bases sprouted out of each corner of the land and dingy pickup trucks flying past, sure I did not feel safe, if a truck wanted to swipe us it wouldn’t be hard but I felt comfortable enough going outside the gate but  still wary not to have reservations about it, we passed a mosque that looked nice but after being baghdad and seeing the luxury appointed mosques there this seemed plain in a way.  we arrived at the shop and the shopkeepers looked at us queerly, it seemed like the old west, I kept patting my sidearm holster, and springing the unlock mechanism, just to make sure and of course my receptors were tuned on high, the wind was blowing and it was overcast , even with tumble weed rolling across the street. great I thought, If something happned, than I would have to react.
nothing did happen and as I walked back I felt like I am a phony, I looked the part but I was holding my breath on the inside, i realize even now there are certain humans that are better adept and more in thier nature to fight. I think many of these same people feel hollow in a peaceful world where thier talented natural abilities are gone to waste and die inside them. in this atmosphere they are happy, they can be thier self, naturally in a war, usually they are just one in a hundred, but they still exist, and feel complete only when they are fighting, does that make sense? so when I arrive here, amongst a large group of these people do i feel my skin as strange as if were purple poka dotted. , anyways that is how i feel for now. like a strange in a strange land. I can’t imagine how the spys do it, that have to blend into other countries, the foreigness of it all, i am now pretty sure i can’t, i feel i stand out but maybe that is a good thing, i realize how uncomfortable i am so i am conscience of all the things that i do that I normally don’t like nervous laughter or stream of chatter. even before they start i have ended that so i look comfortable but inside my skin is crawling.
it is strange being so far from everything, very little connections, if the army soldiers were connected by thick steel in baghdad than the connection all the way out here has frayed to just yarn, instead of an occupying force I feel like the wind in the trees, anyways, talk later
-david
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Psychic led U.S. to Saddam….

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Did a clairvoyant help U.S. commandos ferret Saddam Hussein out of his hiding place in Iraq three years ago?
Israeli-born celebrity psychic Uri Geller, best known for his spoon-bending antics, says the power of the paranormal led U.S. troops to the fugitive Iraqi ex-dictator.
“You remember when they found Saddam Hussein in Iraq? A soldier walked over to a rock, lifted it and then found a trap-door and found him in there,” Geller told Reuters.
“Well, I know that that soldier walked over to that rock because he got information from a ‘remote viewer’ from the United States.”
Geller, who says he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War, said his information came from a high-level source involved in U.S. paranormal programs.
A U.S. military spokesman in Iraq had no immediate comment. At the time of his capture, U.S. commanders said a source close to the fugitive had given him up under interrogation.
A Brazilian psychic tried last year to claim a $25 million bounty offered for Saddam’s capture, saying he had described the hiding place in letters to the U.S. government.