Sunday, October 16, 2005

Vote on Constitution

Earlier, the Iraqis went to the polls on a historical vote for their won constitution. It was great to see once again, the Iraqis defying the insurgents and terrorists and making their voices heard, whether it be "Yes" or "No." I hope some good will come of this. Though, more than likely, the violence will not stop. It is getting to the point where the Iraqi Army is nearly ready to take over security. We worked with them in June when I was in Iraq and they seemed to do fine.

In light of all of this. I think the USA should seriously consider giving a date for our withdrawal. We are not there to take their land. So this would be a good gesture of our will. They have their own elected government, their own constitution, their own security forces. They should be on the track of success now. They may have to deal with the insurgency and terrorists for a few years, but I don't think they have the ability to undo the things that have been set in motion. Now, I find it really ironic people are criticizing us for the Iraqi government having ties with Iran. This is regrettable, if it is true. However, it is the IRAQIs deciding that, not the Americans. If they have a mostly Shi'ite government that has connections to Iran it is because they chose it. We have completed our mission objectives in Iraq.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

New Found Arab American Blog

I found a good website from an Arab American. She has alot of interesting views. She is an athiest currently who lives in the USA and is from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. She goes back and foreth alot so she knows the culture there pretty well of course. So, with what little of an audience that I used to get I hope you guys will spread the word.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Pics To Be Added Soon

Soon, I think, though not sure. I am still debating on if I should or should not do this. I may post a section on my blog where I will post many of my pictures I took while I was over in Iraq. I am going to carefully pick each picture to make sure it will not violate OPSEC in ANYWAY that could give the enemy possible intelligence. Mostly, they'll be pictures of me, my friends and our activities while in Iraq. I brought a Nikon 8700 8megapixel with me to Iraq on the second tour. For a number of reasons, I could take as many pictures as I wanted without fearing of running out of film or having to buy more and more disposable cameras. My first tour I only got about 90 or so exposures. This time, I was able to get 300+ and many of my friends have pictures of their own that I could even get. If I decide to post some of my pictures, they will be all from my second tour.