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03/11/2005
Entry: "Caught between Iraq
and a hard place"

Why is it so hard for people to understand that it is futile to even assume that we can force "democracy' on a peoples when we can't even get that ish straight here? I could see if the Iraqi people themselves were marching in the streets in support of democracy or for what we are doing there, but I don't see that, and doubt if I ever will in Iraq. Iraq is Iraq...America is America. You can't force one system of government on another culture and expect good results or expect such an imposition to take hold and grow without the support of the people being "forced" upon, correct? Yet, I am in no way denigrating the actions of our American military personnel over there or even the actions of those who are unfortunately caught up in the madness of what "Iraq" has become since the fall of what was then the government of Iraq. And this is not a tirade against those who support the conflict in Iraq either in principle or in opinion. We are all entitled to our differing opinions, yes? It just pains me to see our troops being killed daily while a very significant portion of the Iraqi people themselves, the ones we are supposedly over there to set free from tyranny never speak out against the suicide bombers and terroristic elements that roam Iraq and other parts of the Middle East now. If they really wanted our brand of freedom that much wouldn't they at least show some sort of support, even if it was covert or out of sight of the ones (the bombers and terrorists) everyone over there are so afraid of? And why the hell do we continue to call them killers "suicide" bombers anyway? Call them for what they are...friggin mass murderers. Sure they end up taking their own life in the process of blowing up, but goodness, what about the multitudes of innocent folk who die in the bomb blast??? Babies, pregnant women, children, young and old, rich or poor...They had nothing to do with the killers wish for martyrdom. Most were murdered over a sick belief that supple virgins awaited them in heaven if they killed as many people as possible when they blew themselves up. I hate even hearing that term being used on the news..."suicide" bombers..yeah, get real. How about cold-blooded mass murderer? Come to think of it...what do you think they would call one of "us" if someone of color did something that stupid over here in America?? You wouldn't think for a second they'd be called a suicide bomber now do you?

*Sorry peeps but I got a bit rattled after watching some garbage on T.V that was supposed to be news....and had to vent a little before I popped a bolt somewhere...lol...I'm cool now...chilln'

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11 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Monday, March 21st, 2005 @ 11:12 PM EST
France said

I don't believe this Greggy. Your blog sounds just like what I'm going through. I got a bug & fever last week, but then started feeling better. I was bragging to my friends about how I always dodge a cold, virus, etc. & never miss work.

Well lo & behold the bug must've had ears 'cause it came back that night with a vengeance!! Then it had the nerve & audacity to take my voice!! Yep, gave me laryngitis...now you know to a person who sings for her living that ain't a good thing!

Anyway, I was home all weekend & can't go back to work 'til Sat. Just started being about to talk a little today. That same virus you got was making it's rounds!! GET BETTER SOON Greggy!!

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on Thursday, March 17th, 2005 @ 05:36 PM EST
Frank said

Sorry I took so long to get here my brother. I deeply apologize. You know the subject of Iraq is definitely a sore one. Its like that wound in the top of your mouth that you know is there, but you keep putting your tongue up against it even when it hurts. It just won't go away.

The whole damn conflict doesn't make any sense. Its like a broken record. We're all shaking our heads asking why are we there? It's like a nightmare that just won't end. Maybe, if we can see light at the end of the tunnel, but there's no end to the madness. It's akin to never ending. I just pray, that with the latest developments of the U.S. cutting back on troops out there in Iraq, that this will be a means to the beginning of the end of our occupation out in the Middle East.

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on Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 @ 09:09 PM EST
RBG said

Also, sorry it took me a while to get to you. Life was kinda crazy. Glad I did though.

*grinnnzzzz* No problemo S, ok? I'm blessed that you at least took the time to stop and say hi. Life is indeed crazy at times for all of us, but hopefully you'll find time to return every now and then to vibe again with me, yes? Take care...greggy

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on Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 @ 09:06 PM EST
RBG said

I too am a victim of going on rants and raves after watching the news, specfically the evening news. I have since limited myself to a couple broadcasts a week. smile Good post.

Hey, now thats a thought! Maybe thats what I need to do, limit myself to a couple broadcasts a week! And I can still rant and rave with the best of 'em too! :o) Take care my friend...greggy

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on Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 @ 02:33 AM EST
michele said

with two sons in the military i am more lost then I think I can be.. lost .. and shaking my head...

Chele...I feel for you and all the many other people who have immediate family over there or in danger of being called to serve there. In any other war, Iraq could have been a noble war, but this war was based on deceit and it is imperative that we recognize that one fact, acknowledge our boo-boo, and get the hell out of dodge!! *smh*...greggy

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on Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 @ 03:29 PM EST
ceecee said

I know just how you feel!!! I'd never thought about what the news would say if someone of color bombed a place in the U.S and you are so right, it's definitely not going to be suicide bomber...
You know the saddest part of it all is that some of the troops don't see the point in the war!
Another reason why the Iraqis may not be speaking out against the suicide bombers is some of the American Soldiers have done some really terrible things to innocent Iraqis, stuff that you'd never hear on the news. It's crazy.

True sister...Although a very few US soldiers were involved in that prisoner abuse scandal, the rest of the American forces over there were painted as sadistic, wicked, and evil killers by the media...how unfortunate. I do believe in my heart of hearts that those soldiers were merely following orders from their superiors and were set-up to take the blame...greggy

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on Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 @ 02:32 PM EST
NoŽlle said

hey greggy! whatsssupppp!

Hey dear friend, hows life over there in the N? You know me, I'm just acting like I know, trying to go with the flow! :o) Have a good rest of the week!...greggy

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on Monday, March 14th, 2005 @ 08:26 PM EST
Yolanda said

G, I'm with you all the way. I've been saying this so long, my tongue can't wrap around the words anymore. And every time you say something, ig'nance makes ppl think you're speaking of the soldiers. No, this ain't about our soldiers. They're only following orders like a soldier is supposed to do. It's our government that has the issues. It's our government "supposedly" creating democracy, when we don't have democracy in our own country. But you best believe that when soldiers return and this gets messier, because it will, it'll be the soldiers that are blamed for it. Just like Vietnam.

hehehe...Yolie...I was standing right here while you wre fumbling around with my comments thingy...LMAO...( I got your message, k?). Anywayz.........thanks for your "patience" in dealing with whatever comment demons my site has in store for you, I'm thankful that you at least take the time! Thank you dear!...greggy

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on Monday, March 14th, 2005 @ 01:55 PM EST
JENNY said

HEY! I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT IRAQ BEING IRAQ AND AMERICA BEAING AMERICA. NOBODY CAN FORCE A COUNTRY TO DO SOMETHING THAT GOES AGAINST THEIR BELIEFS AND THATS WHAT THIS COUNTRY'S OFFICIALS ARE NOT UNDERSTANDING. TOO BAD IT'S PEOPLE LIKE ME, WHO HAVE FAMILY FIGHTING OVER THERE, WHO HAVE TO SUFFER. ANYWAYS, THIS IS A CUTE PLACE ... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. smile

Hey Jenny...oucher! your ALL CAPS startled me! LOL! Thanks for stopping through and prayers that your family members remain safe while over there in Iraq...greggy

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on Monday, March 14th, 2005 @ 08:42 AM EST
warren said

We are like the global mafia- F@#$ you pay me- and if you don't...

good post.

LOL @ "global mafia"....actually that was right on point. Bush must think he Scarface or someone...lol...G

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on Saturday, March 12th, 2005 @ 07:13 PM EST
Cheryl said

They are both suicide bombers and cold blooded murderers, Greggy. Terrorist through and through. I don't blame you for venting. I can hardly watch the news anymore.

Why are we in Iraq anyway? What happened to Osama? I thought he was the murderer that our country was after? What the heck happened? I'm confused Greggy, aren't you?

yeah...what ever happened to him being our number one priority? Anyway, the "stated goal" of our being over there was to remove Sadaam from power (which we did) so when that happened, we for all intents and purposes should have booogied on out of there...but NNNNOOOOOOOO! We have to teach the natives democracy!...I'm confused, bamboozled, pistol whipped, and played for a foo! *steaming*...I'm ok...Have a nice day sis! *grinz*...greggy

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