This is from another board, from a member currently stationed in Iraq.
|I havent posted up here in a while...and coming up here and seeing some of the posts REALLY makes me laugh.
I roll out everyday. Our area used to be one of the worst in Iraq. Not I can honestly say it is one of the best in Baghdad.
All this stupid hype I see about Iraq makes me laugh. I mean, yes...it is a dangerious place. Soldiers die. It's no joke. But there is WAY too much hype about the negatives here.
Don't get caught up in it.
I have seen everything here. I have been attacked by RPG's, morters, IEDS, VBIEDS, ambushed...various small arms fire.
But the fact is, Iraq is a functioning country, that with each passing day, keeps rising up to terrorism...and refuses to be crippled by it.
Will all the hostility I have seen...it doesn't match up to what other have been through. And it is realitive. I have never had to go house to house killing insurgents while me friends get killed around me, I can't even imagine that.
But that is few and far between. What goes on everyday that is good, FAR outweighs the bad.
But it doesnt seem that way at times, ESPECIALLY when the media reports NOTHING but bad news. Folks back at home really have a confused view of it here...
Maybe I'm too optimistic. But if anyone should have a negative view of Iraq, it should be the soldiers...and it's just not the majority here.
Soldiers BUST their ass everyday here bringing water, power, food, better sewage, garbage service and overall Government to Iraq...all with hopes of a better future for this country. Where's the media coverage?...where's the recognition?. The sad thing is, people at home are buying the negativity. And it's not unnatural...I mean, it's frustrating seeing soldiers die, with no balance on the positive media coverage.
Yes, there is still alot of work to be done here. But it's not in the least impossible.
This is not a "look at me!" post in the least. I could give a shit about what the media or some hippy thinks of me. What pisses me off is the efforts of others blatenly ignored. While their efforts are being called a "lost cause" or some random abuse scandal taking over EVERYTHING else good.
There's some big things coming up in the future. Elections...new military units coming in. Good things are in store. But it's not something that'll come to ANYONE sitting back and expecting overnight results. I'm not saying it's going to take 7 years, bot I'm not saying it's gonna happen tomorrow.
Keep your head up, Soldiers are...what is so impossible about everyone else doing the same?