Some of us find it easy enough to place the war and the turbulence of Iraq in the far reaching spaces of our minds and cognisance.
The news we read and hear on a day to day basis simply becomes the "norm". I find myself becoming hardened to the news reports and I try to look the other way.
Today the war hits close to home. From what I understand if you must be deployed to Iraq, The Green Zone is the place to be. Somehow, I'm not that comforted.
What is the Green Zone anyway?
The Green Zone, aka Emerald City, or The International Zone seems to have taken on an American personality of sorts. It's located in the heart of Baghdad and consists of 4 square miles of a compound (city) previously owned and occupied by the infamous Saddam Hussein and sons.
The US claimed the compound by force in April, 2003. With great loss of Iraqi lives and the damage and destruction of many existing buildings, the military take-over was successful. Saddam was dethroned.
The Green Zone has experienced many volatile changes over the course of its American History. It may be safer than the alternative zone called the Red Zone where the loss of life is a daily routine but somehow I am not that comforted.
The Green Zone is enclosed with tall solid concrete walls yet it is not unheard of to have mortar shells and hand grenades aimed to overshoot the walls of the compound. Car bombs have found their way to the inside and our military men are armed and on guard with their AK-47s and heavy armaments.
Although Danny spent his first tour of duty as a Chaplain's Assistant in Kuwait he has been reassigned. He will be distributing arms.
Because this area has become a United States Embassy and a melting pot of dignitaries and representatives of Britain, Iraqis, private contractors and others, the wall of military is fierce.
I must admit that have mixed feelings about this tour of duty. At this point I must silence myself of personal and political opinions. Even though I don't necessarily agree with our government and their reasoning of war, I vow never to forget our military troops that are standing behind the belief that "America the Free" is worth risking their lives.
***Please send Danny and the troops your Best Wishes!
God Bless America! We love you Danny!
Thank you Daniel Scott Brooks, Diana Brooks and little miss Audrey Elizabeth Brooks. Thanks to all our troops!
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