Saturday, April 17, 2004

Glued to the TV

Glued to the TV
Saturday, April 17, 2004
3:02:00 AM CDT

15 Apr 2004

Having the whole day at the villa without a car has forced me to sit in front of the TV most of the day. Watching Lester Holt and Katy this morning was actually informative. I have really had the chance to catch up on the news in Iraq. It was mentioned that even the road to the airport in Baghdad has had attacks. That would be between the city and Camp Victory where the tanks are located. The news is a little disconcerting to me at this point. I'm not afraid to go back or even apprehensive. I'll call it guarded concern at this point.

I have a job to do once I get back and am actually looking forward to being where I feel I belong. I hope that the people back home can understand how important the work we are doing over here is to the rebuilding of Iraq and to the establishment of democracy here. These people have only know violence all their lives. If we leave now, that much will never change. Look at the area of unrest and realize that the areas that were under our "no fly zones" for the last ten years are now and have almost always been areas of relative peace. Taming the rest will take some time. For us to pull out now is like thowing the baby out with the bathwater. Peace won't come easy in this middle section of Iraq. We need to stay the course and leave the job of cowardace to the French, the Germans and the Russians. The Russians got their butts kicked in Afghanistan and left. The Americans are succeeding in Afghanistan where the Russians failed. We may have come to Iraq as conquerers, but our intent is to give this nation back to those to whom it belongs. Iraq will one day (inshalla) be a great nation of tourism with her rich archeological sites and is prepared to be a virtual oil powerhouse given the chance. Her full potential will only be reached as a democratic nation and after our forces are one day drawn down. Baghdad has already burned while Saddam fiddled. Rome wasn't built in a day.

The turnover, however tumultuous, in June of the governing authority back to the Iraqis will be their new beginning. Whether the American public has the resolve to see this through is yet to be seen.
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