Saturday, July 08, 2006

Flurry of bombs

I was just writing Keith an email when another bomb blew up. This is the fourth one in eight days. It’s dark, and you can see the glow from the fire just outside the fence, and now the flares go up. RPGs have little red fire trails as they streak by. Several come into the base, but they are not close. Smoke streaks the sky – by now the black smudge across the horizon has become almost normal. People congregate outside and point, watching the war. My shift ended almost twenty minutes ago, so I’ll walk home as soon as it calms down a bit. So surreal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sound like an impassionate obvserver thoughout this blog... You guys are doing great things!

July 09, 2006 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only "great" thing all these guys can do in Iraq is to come home.

July 09, 2006 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, for one, appreciate that he is not a mindless cheerleader for this senseless war. I think it would be extremely difficult to fight a war disagreeing with its legitimacy, as most of our troops must be doing. Our troops don't have a choice and they are professional soldiers, so they do as they are commanded. But please don't ask that they also cheerlead for a lost cause.
Democracy in the Middle East may be a "great" idea, but in "reality" the cost in our blood is far, far too high a price to pay. The Iraqis are not ready for Democracy and may never be. They are ready, thanks to our invasion, for a civil war.

July 09, 2006 9:00 AM  

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