Wednesday, December 22, 2004

silent night no longer

A couple mortars shook the night last night. I grabbed my robe, flak vest, and helmet and headed to the bunker. I was just about to step in the shower. It is odd...and cold standing in only a robe and flak outside with other people.

I must've been tired from a week of working out that I slept like a babe last night.

I am saddened by the Mosul incident. It is hard at times not to be apprehensive about befriending Iraqi coworkers. I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated working alongside the Iraqis at the Ministry of Defense. I have had nothing but great experiences. In a few rare political discussions I have had with Iraqi coworkers, many are grateful for our presence here and hope life in their country will only improve in time. But, as I sat this morning eating breakfast near the entrance line of the Palace DFAC, I realized how vulnerable and trusting we all are. But, we have to be...trusting, that is. Faith that we are being guarded (spiritually and physically), while remaining aware of our surroundings.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Iraq, but especially the families at Ft. Lewis being notified of their lost loved ones.

4 Comments:

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Larry said...

Not to get too far from the gravity of the moment, with the soldiers and families of Ft. Lewis, but there is a good point in your thoughts: Trust is the currency with which civilization is built. We must trust, otherwise the cost of doing business (every kind of business, from buying groceries to walking down the street) is too high, and we would never have moved past the mud village stage. It's important that we engender in the rest of the world, an attitude, a cultural mindset that values similar attributes such as honesty, honour, etc. so that we can all trust each other.

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger J W M said...

The fact that it was an "inside job" for both the suicide bomber and the follow-up mortar attack really sucks. Bet it was leary to go into your mess facility that next time.

Agree with Larry's asessment; but, I bet there are Viet Nam vets that still have problems with going into certain areas of SD or LA.

 
At 5:25 AM, Blogger Larry said...

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At 5:27 AM, Blogger Larry said...

Definitely. I've been places in the world where I had to watch over my shoulder too. And walked those streets alone, too.

Trust but verify. The verification deos raise the transaction cost a little, but an acceptable amount, rather than being so costly that it eliminates the possibility of trade.

 

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