I am an american soldier who has 8 hours on shift every night, i am clicking the "next blog" button to pass some time and see a photo under the title "Valentines Day" that catches my eye. Then i scan down and see the anti western protesters and am interested. The people over here that i work with, both interpreters and the Iraqi Army, all have stories of how terrible it was under Saddam's reign, and i have yet to meet anyone who liked life while he was in power. I have heard stories of mass graves, torture and many other things. The are all very grateful for the Americans for freeing them and staying to ensure no one else that was bad came into power. From a bored U.S. Army soldeier in Iraq, thank you. -Evan
Thank you for your comment-it must be an intense experience being based in Iraq. Moments of both intense boredom and intense fear I imagine. It must also be hard being blamed and stereotyped for situations ones country is involved in. If there’s one thing these latest protest on cartoons has shown, its that people throughout the world need a greater understanding and respect for each other’s cultures beliefs and values. And that has to work both ways, both parties are guilty of causing the recent situation with regards to the cartoons, one can only hope that greater understanding and respect can grow from it. Incidentally the placards from the more aggressive protest have caused much controversy in the UK and currently under investigation over here by the police. Luckily its generally an ignorant and youthful minority that feel that this is the best way to show their anger, yet at the same time it only takes one bomb to wreak a lot of havoc. We live in interesting times.
"May you live in interesting times"Old Chinese proverb/curse.
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