Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
I have read many touching stories from Iraq and Afghanistan that I would like to share some of those stories here in my own words for you. These stories have touched my heart deeply and reinforces my need to work for a better tommorow. Many of them want to know how Americans “Really” feel about them or from soldiers who wonder what the public thinks. Other soldiers talk about how much they don’t care anymore about public opinion. Nearly half the people I have met have a picture of them with their interrupter or helping children and families. You can tell by reading their stories how proud they are about what they are accomplishing. Here is some interesting info; interrupters have been given nick names for security reasons.
But almost every one included how dedicated they are to helping make Iraq and Afghanistan safe. I have also seen stories of many great things that have been accomplished. Here is a link that was in one of those stories. It talks about how the restoration of an area that was untouched for over 5,000 years. The people still live in the same type reed huts and make reed boats as they did 5k yrs ago. But Saddam had ordered the wet lands drained and the people had been displaced. It has been restored and the people have returned. – Ian Bach
Here is a section of the text regarding the below linked full article.
“For millennia, the Mesopotamian Marshlands were an isolated and swampy oasis in the desert, covering more than 20,000 square km of interconnected lakes, mudflats and bayous. Some believe it is where the biblical Eden was located.
But after the end of the 1991 Gulf War, waged against Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition, the native Ma’dan people of the area, partially located in southern Iraq, saw themselves caught up in a failed Shi’ite uprising against the Saddam Hussein regime (1979-2003).
The relatively inaccessible marshes became a safe haven for political opponents and army deserters from Hussein’s defeated army.”
We all need to here more Facts not the Hype we see on TV. I hope everyone reading this will tell these Brave Souls that you care.
P.S. For those in Iraq or Afghanistan, (weather you are a contractor, reporter, citizen, soldier, or other)
If you have a minute post a brief Comment on this Blog Article here to tell us a little about the facts that the media has so relentlessly ignored. So the general public has some sense of the reality. I am a terrible writer and I am sure most of you can write much better than I ever could, even if your English is not so good. If you wish to remain anonymous for security reasons you may send the stories to me and I will keep you name location and security sensitive data anonymous, and secure. – Ian Bach