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(ABC)   Iraqi boy gets gift from widow of soldier who died in Iraq. No word if it was an uncomfortable hunk of metal   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 65
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2007-02-27 08:09:09 PM  
DIAF SUBBY! You sarcasm makes me sick!
 
2007-02-27 08:24:07 PM  
Sammy Jenkins
Compare the number of exploding cars and buildings before the invasion and after the invasion.

I guess you have to rely on Saddam's Information Ministry for that info, right?

I expect they'd also be honest about civil unrest, especially in Shi'a dominated areas.

/Bagdad Bob approves
 
2007-02-27 08:36:46 PM  
BXRWXR:
I love it when they try and spin death.

www1.istockphoto.com
 
2007-02-27 09:20:41 PM  
It was relatively easy to live a peaceful life under Saddam. People need the following things, in this order:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Security
4. Freedom

Under saddam they had the first 3, and the 4th was easy to accomplish if you didn't do anything ridiculously conspicuous against the Ba'athists. Now it's all farked up. If you're starving, thirsty, scared and oppressed, chances are you won't call out for freedom.
 
DVD
2007-02-27 09:46:01 PM  
Forgot the article but, one of the reasons that we were having incidents with civilians speeding up at checkpoints, mirroring car bomber behavior, was because we had set up near government buildings. In the days of Saddam, the "if you didn't do anything ridiculously conspicuous against the Ba'athists" days, if you drove past the government buildings at a normal speed, you were much more likely to be stopped by Saddam's men. And much more likely to disappear... It was messed up before, as well...
 
2007-02-27 10:11:46 PM  
DVD:Forgot the article but, one of the reasons that we were having incidents with civilians speeding up at checkpoints, mirroring car bomber behavior, was because we had set up near government buildings. In the days of Saddam, the "if you didn't do anything ridiculously conspicuous against the Ba'athists" days, if you drove past the government buildings at a normal speed, you were much more likely to be stopped by Saddam's men. And much more likely to disappear... It was messed up before, as well...


Poor farkers.

I know if I see someone driving exactly at the speed limit on a weekend night, I assume they are: a) drunk; b) moderately stoned - if they were less stoned they'd drive 5 miles over the speed limit to seem normal and if they were really stoned they'd drive 10 miles under; c) have no licensce for some reason.

Judging by the local police blotter, I'm right. Saddam may have been on to something - if you acted not scared shiatless, but also conspicuously trying to be inconspicuous, then you were likely up to something.

Best policy: drive fast enough to look like a normal scofflaw, but as slow as possible to still merit that judgement. On a weekend night in the USA in most locales that's 4.5 miles over the speed limit.

But those poor bastards in Iraq - theirs and ours - haven't got it easy.
 
2007-02-27 10:33:24 PM  
cocoa sampler?
 
2007-02-27 11:11:27 PM  
dave420: It was relatively easy to live a peaceful life under Saddam.

Glad there's someone here who can tell that to the Kurds.
 
2007-02-27 11:19:34 PM  
Good for her, one of few good memories of iraq I have is the kids (the one that are not throwing rock), I don't know what it is about them but those kids are just so damn cute.

I used to have a chip on my shoulder about growing up in a cramped apartment, not always have enough to eat, and having to deal with stuff like the power being shut off cause my mom couldn't pay the bills. But hell, after seeing those kids I got over pity I had for my childhood, at least I had a roof over my head and shoes on my feet. If i knew how to posted picture I would put up a pic of the little girl I kinda adopted while I was over there, wish I knew what happened to her, her mom was working on my base trying to get money to get to Jordan. Before I left I gave Shail'a 200 bucks, I only hope she got somewhere safe.
 
2007-02-27 11:46:00 PM  
fark you subby and your sappy tag.

Seriously. fark you.

/Sigh
 
2007-02-28 12:55:41 AM  
This guy and his family lived in my neigborhood here in Temecula, My sons class put up yellow ribbons all over the trees at school and there's a "In memory of" message scrolling on the sign.Pretty sad stuff, he sounds like he was one of the really good guys. I asked him(my son) what the ribbons were for and he said "to honor the soldiers that died". I'm glad there was no political slant one way or the other, just a memorial for a local guy.
 
2007-02-28 01:06:47 AM  
I love it when they try and spin death.

I'll remember that the next time dailykos celebrates the next round number of deaths in iraq.
 
2007-02-28 02:06:16 AM  
As I am presently in Iraq/ Afghanistan...I can say that these soldiers are some special folks...The Iraqi people are frustrating to say the least...and to seperate the wheat from the chaff during this war thing...an impossible task... The subtitle was insensitive, but I say dum stuff too at times...for the most part though..you guys make me laugh and help me gain a better perspective...SOB....I LOVE YOU GUYS...SNIFF..Your the only family i got right now....BWAAAAAAHHHH!!!



/Sighhhhh....
 
2007-02-28 12:43:50 PM  
That Army Captain was a West Point classmate of my cousin.

Damn. Just damn.
 
2007-03-01 12:23:47 AM  
40below: The Walken tag is no more.

Holy shiat! When did that happen?

I've half a mind to sign up for TotalFark just so I can send Drew an email asking him to cancel my account and send me a refund.
 
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