Sunday, September 26, 2004

Iraq "turning around"?

While most reporters in Iraq are reporting from secure areas because of the obvious dangers, there are others who venture into the "war zone".

What does one soldier have to say?

UPDATE: In a Washington Post article, Lt. General David H. Petraeus offers "reasons for optimism".

MORE UPDATE: We also get word from an Illinoisian in Iraq.

The Iraqis that we work with are very happy that we are here. It is a strange feeling, but they idolize us. We have heard many times that they are glad we are here to share our experience and training as we are the best in the world. I can't quite say it the way they do.

They are a very friendly people. They are not what everyone back home sees on TV. We have become great friends with many of them. It will be a sad day when we have to leave them. Many of us have told them that they are welcome to visit us if they are ever in the United States. One of my sergeants has invited a Kurdish major to go fishing with him back in Wisconsin. They talk of it often. I hope it happens some day.

If you could tell the folks at home one thing, what would it be? I guess I would just say to give these people a chance. They are good, smart people. They are very caring and strong people. They look forward to the future of Iraq, and with our help, they think they will one day be a world leader in technology, thinkers, produce, etc. They have hopes just as we do in America, and now that Saddam is gone, they believe they will some day see them come true.

MORE MORE UPDATE: Chrenkoff posts an exhaustive update of the good news from Iraq.

UPDATE 4: Sgt. Elizabeth offers her perspective of the war.

Heck are we winning or losing? Over all, I would say winning. Not all of Iraq is a bad place, not all Iraqi's are insurgents. Those are a minority, a very small minority although I know it does not seem as such. I have heard time and time again from the Iraqi people I do come into contact with that they are glad we are here, that things are getting better. Things just take time and patience.

Is it as rosy and Bush paints it? No, this place isn't rosy, but it certainly isn't a blistering firepit of hell either.

Is it as nasty as I think it it? No, not at all.

Do the Iraqis see the US as Occupier's or Liberators? Most, Liberators.


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