Different Perspectives on War - Diary

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Different Perspectives on War - Diary
Day 1
I was deployed to Iraq two days ago. The unit arrived yesterday, and we are now all settling in. On the way, we were all talking about, how we'll be back home in no time, everyone knew right from the beginning, that the peacekeeping units couldn't keep those Iraqis in place, but now that the peacemakers have arrived this should be over in a few months.

Day 15
So, today we were patrolling among the locals, it seems like people really know, that we are the ones to decide how this is going down, the civilians look at us when we walk by in our uniforms, with guns on our backs and such. A kid pointed at the G.I. Joe in my backpack the other day, I had almost forgotten about it. Sheila gave it to me the day I left, and told me I could have it, her mother and I smiled at each other and I picked her up, and kissed her on the forehead as she said "You're my G.I. Joe, Daddy." and I decided to keep it on the outside of my backpack, so I'd always remember this.

Day 40
I'm starting to get a bit worried... Yesterday I heard that some troops in another region had been contacted by the federal government of Iraq, because of some murders of Iraqi civilians. They were told that the Iraqis suspected an American unit of being the murders of these civilians.
We were also told that the American government is trying to cover up this story.
No one knows, if it's true, no one knows if we're even supposed to know this and if we can tell anyone.
Day 65
The situation over here is getting worse. Locals have started opening fire at us, rocks are thrown at our tanks whenever we are patrolling and helicopters can't be flown in at the base, because the pilots are worried, that they're going to be shot down.
We are all trying to maintain composure, but it's quite easy to tell, that everyone is watching their back all the time. I don't really…...

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