Skip to comments.Fresh wave of bombs strikes Iraq
Posted on 11/19/2005 3:09:25 PM PST by bnelson44
Renewed bomb attacks across Iraq kill more than 50 people - including five US soldiers - and injure dozens more.
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The MSM is happy.
The libs and MSM with their relentless criticism of the war are handicapping the US and prolonging the insurgency in Iraq. And they have the audacity and stupidity to accuse the Bush administration of having no exit strategy and call for immediate withrawal from Iraq.
The democrats chummed the sharks into a feeding frenzy.
This is directly to attributable to Murtha and the spineless RATs IMHO!
I sent a note to this effect to my Congresswoman and two Senators after the car bombs started going off earlier this week.
We have to inundate our politicians and the MSM with this undisputed fact. Whether coordinated or not, the terrorists are taking their marching orders from the Democrats and the talking heads of the leftist MSM. And payback needs to be a bitch.
But this can't be because of Murtha. He said our soldiers were the main target. I guess we're suiting up Iraqi women and children instead of Marines.
The majority of targets in Iraq are the innocent Iraqis themselves.
No, this is life as usual in Iraq and will continue to be, Murtha or no Murtha.
Didn't know where to put this, so I put it here:
My fellow Americans,
I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. A vision the blind need to see. I am not a political man nor one with great wisdom. I am just a soldier who finds himself helping rebuild a country that he helped liberate a couple years ago.
I have watched on television how the American public questions why their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are fighting and dying in a country 9000 miles away from their own soil. Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. A cause that has been the most costly and sought after cause in our small span of existence on our little planet. Bought in blood and paid for by those brave enough to give the ultimate sacrifice to obtain it. A right that is given to every man, woman, and child I believe by God. I am talking of freedom.
Freedom. One word but yet countless words could never capture it's true meaning or power. "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know." I read that once and it couldn't be more true. It's not the average American's fault that he or she is "blind and deaf" to the taste of freedom. Most American's are born into their God given right so it is all they ever know. I was once one of them. I would even dare to say that it isn't surprising that they take for granted what they have had all their life. My experiences in the military however opened my eyes to the truth.
Ironically you will find the biggest outcries of opposition to our cause from those who have had no military experience and haven't had to fight for freedom. I challenge all of those who are daring enough to question such a noble cause to come here for just a month and see it first hand. I have a feeling that many voices would be silenced.
I watched Cindy Sheehan sit on the President's lawn and say that America isn't worth dying for. Later she corrected herself and said Iraq isn't worth dying for. She badmouthed all that her son had fought and died for. I bet he is rolling over in his grave.
Ladies and gentleman I ask you this. What if you lived in a country that wasn't free? What if someone told you when you could have heat, electricity, and water? What if you had no sewage systems so human waste flowed into the streets? What if someone would kill you for bad-mouthing your government? What if you weren't allowed to watch TV, connect to the internet, or have cell phones unless under extreme censorship? What if you couldn't put shoes on your child's feet? You need not to have a great understanding of the world but rather common sense to realize that it is our duty as HUMAN BEINGS to free the oppressed. If you lived that way would you not want someone to help you????
The Iraqi's pour into the streets to wave at us and when we liberated the cities during the war they gathered in the thousands to cheer, hug and kiss us. It was what the soldier's in WW2 experienced, yet no one questioned their cause!! Saddam was no better than Hitler! He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. We are heroes over here, yet American's badmouth our President for having us here.
Every police station here has a dozen or more memorials for officers that were murdered trying to ensure that their people live free. These are husbands, fathers, and sons killed every day. What if it were your country? What would your choice be? Everything we fight for is worth the blood that may be shed. The media never reports the true HEROISM I witness everyday in the Iraqi's. Yes there are bad one's here, but I assure you they are a minuscule percent. Yet they are a number big enough to cause worry in this country's future.
I have watched brave souls give their all and lose thier lives and limbs for this cause. I will no longer stand silent and let the "deaf and blind" be the only voice shouting. Stonewall Jackson once said, "All that I have, all that I am is at the service of the country." For these brave souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including your son Cindy Sheehan, I will shout till I can no longer. These men and women are heroes. Their spirit lives on in their military and they will never be forgotten. They did not die in vain but rather for a cause that is larger than all of us.
My fellow countrymen and women, we are not overseas for our country alone but also another. We are here to spread democracy and freedom to those who KNOW the true taste of it because they fight for it everyday. You can see the desire in their eyes and I am honored to fight alongside them as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne.
Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyone's right to have. Ironic isn't it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. PLease, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.
SGT Walter J. Rausch and 1st Platoon
Charlie Co. 2/327 Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
I can't even keep track of the various suicide/homicide bombers anymore. These kooks are detonating themselves in mosques, hotels, and shopping centers on a daily basis. When will the average-Iraqi-in-the-street become so enraged that they identify the terrorist leaders and hang their corpses from the skeleton of a burned-out building? Benito Mussolini reference is entirely intentional.
~ Blue Jays ~
Murtha will deny it, but it's hard not to wonder why hundreds of people have been suddenly killed in Iraq in the 2 days since he said we needed to get our troops out.
I note also that 90% of the victims were non-US-soldiers. Another Murtha ignorant statement proven false: The insurgents exist only to attack our troops.
I believe those 5 soldiers were from the 101st. politics aside, I do not understand why we can't do a better job with aerial patrols along these roads used for our forces to catch (kill) insurgents as they plant these IEDs. what percentages of our KIA has come from these roadside bombs?
I've been writing to my friends in the Army and the Air Force, to Congress, to contractors, and to anyone else I can think of to get an answer to that question.
We have been promised swarms of these all-singing, all-dancing UAVs since the 70s. Actual examples have been in service for years, yet there are still only a few dozen of them available.
Failing that, we need to bring back fixed wing observation, with geared down props and muffled engines for quiet, since choppers are too noisy to really catch the enemy mine-planters in the act. The present RoE calls for miners to be killed on sight, and we need to see a lot more of them.
This says more than half of the deaths are caused by IED's:
As of Monday, the total number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the start of U.S. operations to topple Saddam Hussein on March 19, 2003 was 2,025. Only last week, the Department of Defense officially acknowledged the 2,000th American soldier to have been killed in Iraq. More than 1,800 of them have been killed since President George W. Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq on May 1, 2003 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, continued to account for more than half the total casualties inflicted on U.S. troops -- an ominous indicator that the technical expertise of the insurgents is steadily advancing.