posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 02:25 AM
I have heard and seen alot when I was over there, some things more damaging mentally than I care to think about, for ex what a human body looks like
when it is hit by a mortar. I sometimes get tired of the news reporting the negativity of the war and never showing the positive side of things.
Now before you bash me on this, yes I know troops are getting killed, civilians, contractors and so forth. But there are alot of very positive things
going on there. When I arrived there to the location I was at in Anbar Province (specific location will not be ID), drinking water was at a 3% clean,
sanitation - what is that? unemployment in the area - ungodly high US/Iraq relations - low
But after I seen renovations, Iraqi people getting jobs and I mean these guys worked their butts off, just loved the fact they were working and
bringing in income and some of those people prior to the war, they were making nothing to live on. They were making more in 2 days than in a month
and believe me they werent get paid that much, in fact it was like roughly 2.10/hr. Water % went from 3% to 98% in just 3 months, the people never
knew what clean water was, they really didnt like the taste, cause they had been so use to dirty, unsanitary heavily loaded bacteria infested water
and it was runnign water also. There was a water power plant near us, hadnt been operational since 1993, brought in some generators off their economy
did some banging and cleaning and bam up and running and it hardly cost anything to do it.
Overall, the people I met, were highly grateful for overthrowing Saddam. Some of those people, it was just bad I mean I could tell stories all day
long and not even put a dent into the life they lived before.
Yes there is a handful compared to the population that dont want this country to succeed, thats cause they dont know better, some have grief against
the US cause their cousin was killed by US troops or they were picked up for being in the wrong place and wrong time, there are alot of factions on
why they fight and I bet you if you rounded up all of them and asked them why they are doing this, I will guarantee you this, this is fact
too...25-45% of them will tell you that they were paid 100-300 USD to perfom attacks on MNF and if they kept doing so they would get paid more each
time, they really dont want to do it, but they have no job, no money so do what they must to survive. Not saying to have any sympathy for them, they
know better, but the norm is heres 100 USD a mortar tube be here at this location at this this time and you will meet ali akbar he will tell you where
and when and give you 3 mortar rounds, when you do this come back to this location and you will be picked up and given the other half of the
money...and they go and do that, half of those who attack dont even know what they are attacking for sure they drop the round in the tube 1,2,3 or
however many times they have to then run, if they get caught, they only tell you what they know, described above, thats it. The rest of them are
fighting a cause, because they dont want change.
But they dont care who they kill, what they destroy, cause in all retrospect they are destroying their own people. I have seen things that these
people build, it gets blown to crap, they come in, clean it up, rebuild it.
But what does need to be shown is the good things that happen there, the smiling faces, the aid that is given, the relationships that are made. I am
telling you, what the news shows is that these people dont want us there, BS, they are very happy we are there and they dont want us to leave until
things are good enough for them to do it themselves and all things are functioning. They are very interested in the way American life is and they
want that. And did you know they were never allowed satellite TV unless it was passed thru the govt, they had no idea what was on the outside of
Iraq, Saddam and his sons ran the TV programs, all they knew was that the rest of the world hated them and wanted to destroy them. Now there are
satellite atennaes for those who can afford it all over. The punishment for having an unauthorized satellite TV, was seizure of all property and put
out on the street, with the father 9 out of 10 times arrested and put in prison for 1-5 yrs.
Like I said, I could tell stories all day and I can tell you there are alot of them that do report attacks and incidents, as long as they are not seen
informing. I remember the facility I was at, I used to talk to this kid, 10 yrs old, he would come and tell me about where mortars where placed, who
was driving by scoping, who was on rooftops eyeing MNF activities, I would exchange for him sometimes money, gave a CD player (had to teach him to use
it, never heard of one before) some food little things after awhile he didnt want anything, all he wanted was for people to stop dying and to catch
those who were against MNF, the last time I spoke to him before I left, he cried begging me to not leave, cause I had to go my time was up, he thought
cause I was leaving that everyone else was going to leave too and they would be no longer safe. I felt bad for him. But he took a huge chance
coming to us, cause the front gate is not some hidden place. But everytime he gave us info, I reported it and he was 100% correct all the time. The
thing is alot of these people do good things and try to save peoples lives and some of them are caught, most likely executed cause we never see or
hear from them again.
I just had to get that out. I jsut see nothing but bad news horror stories, hell I lived some of those horror stories, it would just be nice to hear
the good things and I was hoping to share some of that cause there is alot of good things that do happen over there.