Rebuilding of Iraq




 
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September 3rd, 2004  
Rotty261
 
 

Topic: Rebuilding of Iraq


Hello everybody, first and foremost I am back on the web finally. I was last here and posting about three months ago when I got out of the service. I recently took a job with a company that is working in Iraq.

On to the good stuff. I hope not everyone out there believes everything that they are seeing in the media about what is going on in Iraq. There are a lot of fallacies being preached through some of the media channels. I have seen a lot of really good things since I have stepped off the plane into Iraq. I have been here for a couple of months now and am really enjoying my job and the fact that most of the Iraqi people are happy to finally be able to enjoy so many freedoms that they once did not have. It is true that there is still fighting and dying happening over here, but not everywhere, and it is not as extreme as it is made out to be. As far as I can tell the majority of the Iraqi people really want to make there country a free place. A lot of the Iraqi people have signed up to be Police Officers, Military (Iraqi National Guard), and even Border Patrol to make a difference in their countries future. I would like to hear others opinions about what they think is going on over here. I would also be happy to answer whatever questions I can, keeping OPSEC/COMSEC in mind.

Again it is great to be back.
September 3rd, 2004  
gladius
 
The media is NOT portraying an accurate picture of what's going on in Iraq, especially the major networks, ABC, NBC, CNN, ect.

They, for the most part like to sensationalize stuff. When a few Iraqis go up against our forces they make it seem like the whole country is up in arms and revolting. They portray it as though we are totaly losing the war, they show none of the fact that 90% of the Iraqi people are happy that we are there.

I'm glad we finally can hear the real scoop on this board from someone who is actually over there, rather than hear someones biased opinion based on even more biased media coverage.
September 3rd, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
Rotty261,
First off, thank you to your service

How easy is it for you to talk to normal Iraqi's? Do you always use a translator, or one of those electronic gadgets I heard the DoD was issuesing?

Also, how is the job at disarming these militia's going? I know that Saddam left alot of good stuff lying around for these guys to take as they choose.
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September 3rd, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
I am right there with you Rotty261. I was in Iraq from the war until August. Yes there was some violence going on there but that is only one side of the story. I show people my pictures of Baghdad and they are surprised. Most people remark that the people there are smiling at me.

I had an Iraqi man come up to me and talked to me in English. He told me that 90% of the people are glad Saddam is gone. He said every family over there has lost a son, father, brother or in-law due to Saddam's wars or violence. Lastly, the 10% that are fighting now are the ones that had it good when Sadam was in power.

Stories like that will never make the front page of the papers BUT anything bad that happens does make it.
September 3rd, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GuyontheRight
How easy is it for you to talk to normal Iraqi's? Do you always use a translator, or one of those electronic gadgets I heard the DoD was issuesing?

Also, how is the job at disarming these militia's going? I know that Saddam left alot of good stuff lying around for these guys to take as they choose.
Since the questions are for Rotty, I will keep it brief.

Based on my experiences:

It's quite easy to talk to the Iraqis, in general, they are friendly and cooperative and even those that aren't sure of us tend to be somewhat cordial. Even some of the insurgents/terrorists I've interviewed have been polite. As for the language barrier, it can be a hindrance at times, especially busy, crowded and "eventful" times. Most of my fellas speak Arabic, but for those that do not - translators are not too hard to come by and pointie-talkie cards as well as other devices are good for short conversations. Most everyone picks up on the key phrases quickly.

As far as disarming (a large part of our bread and butter) we are and have been finding a lot of weapons, explosives, and ammuntion caches. There are various civilian contractors working with us to help dispose what we have confiscated. It is still going to take a long time to locate and dispose all of it. Getting weapons over in the middle east is akin to walking into a store and purchasing a pack of Wrigley's gum in the states; always readily available. Other than this, there really isn't much more that needs to or can be said.
September 3rd, 2004  
gladius
 
After the Allies won WWII and occupied Germany, there were Nazi die-hards called Werewolves who waged a guerilla war against Allied targets and assasinate German civilians who were helping the Allies.

Same thing is happening today in Iraq with radicals, a good third of them aren't even Iraqis. We already won the war, the media is blowing everything out of porportion.

I glad we have guys here to actually report the real truth of whats going on over there. Its nice to see that we are doing some good to actually promote freedom and democracy.
September 3rd, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
Quote:
After the Allies won WWII and occupied Germany, there were Nazi die-hards called Werewolves who waged a guerilla war against Allied targets and assasinate German civilians who were helping the Allies.
They did not do nearly the damage that the Insurgents In Iraq have done though. That is, after the war, during the final months theyd butcher anyone with ties to the Allies. [/quote]
September 3rd, 2004  
gladius
 
I think it took the allies around two years to finally stop them completely.

Everything worked out fine in the end though, same thing is going to happen today.

Also what might have helped they forbade any reporting of the Werewolves in the press. I guess they were smart back them.
September 3rd, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
Yea, did you hear Bush's speech last night? He mentioned a writer In a major paper back In '46 who was calling the occupation usless and a mistake. Just served to remind us that this isn't the first time this country has been dealing with insurgency operations after a war, and It wont be the last.
September 4th, 2004  
gladius
 
Yeah I heard. He even said maybe the same guy is still around writting stuff, LOL.

Most of the media has alot of left wing bias that can't really be trusted completely. I'm glad theres other outlets to get information nowadays (the internet being one of them) they no longer have the stranglehold they used to.