Iraqi Bloggers Roundup

Monday, September 27, 2004

Milblogs Roundup

FSIO has started his new job and is blogging again. He's no longer making badges, but is now busy escorting people around Baghdad. Here's his description of Iraqi drivers and their reactions to military convoys:

"For the most part, they try to stay out of our way and obey what directions we give them. A lot even make the effort to give us a clear lane to travel, and that works out better for all, because that way we get out of their way faster. There are those that are driving and just not paying any attention to anything and luckily 5 tons of armored truck with a machine gun mounted on top makes them wake up. I've had several close calls with inattentive drivers but none that have hit my vehicle. And then, there are those, teenage drivers who try and weave in and out of traffic not realizing that we will win any battle between our vehicle and theirs."

Ahh, teenage drivers. The bane of existence all over the world.


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Combat Doc has an interesting, new post titled More about Iraq or You'd Be Surprised at What You Get Use To. I think a better title would be:


You Know You've Been in Iraq too Long When...


"Tracer fire is so common that you watch it at night like a fireworks display, you only worry when you hear it and don't see it. That means it's moving horizontally. Car bombs shake the building you're in no matter how far away they are. If you hear it you feel it. You only hang around for 2 minutes to see if you get called out, if not you go back to your bootleg movie. Mortar rounds go off all day long. Usually two or three at a time and maybe twice a day. You can tell if you're in danger by the sound. If it whizzes you're good because it's moving laterally; when it's quiet after you hear it leave the tube you get wary but you don't go running off for the bunkers until it hits and then you usually wait for the third one. That means he's walking them in. They mostly miss. It's fun watching the new guys show up, they still think it's a war movie. When someone runs or ducks for cover you will more than likely make fun of him. Here's why, if you hear the explosion you're fine. No matter how fast you move the schrapnel moves faster. Also explosions aren't like, say, a fire; once it blows it's done. Bullets are the same way unless you're getting sprayed then ducking may not be so bad but most of the time you hear when that's happening. Funny, a huge explosion just went off RIGHT NOW north of the FOB and not one person in this room stopped typing. We all just looked up to see if the flash was close enough to worry about, it wasn't."

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Most of us know about Spc. Colby Buzzell's blog MY WAR and the trampling of his First Amendment Rights. He no longer posts dramatic, first-hand accounts of military operations, but he's still posting occasionally and has a famous (or perhaps infamous) fan in Jello Biafra, the frontman for the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys. Jello wants Colby to know that he and his political activist friends support him. Of course, they do this by shouting "'Bring The Troops Home!' as loud and as often as [they] can."
Maybe it's just me, but I think a show of support would mean a little more than just a shout.

Actually, maybe it's not just me:


Kid Rock blasts his peers for not performing in Iraq


"I do not believe that artists or actors and people should be out there like voicing their full-blown opinions on politics because, let's face it, at the end of the day, I'm not that smart of a guy. I play rock 'n' roll, that's what I do. "

"...why don't these motherf**kers go over there and play for our soldiers in Iraq? ..."

[Hattip: vrangel]

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Raven1 at Our Turn In Baghdad just bought a "Singing Saddam" doll and asks himself "Why am I buying a doll made in China of a former Iraqi dictator?" He then adds that he still wants the "Dancing Saddam" doll if he can get it.