Sunday, August 20, 2006


We went through Baghdad today and the first thing I noticed was that there were no cars on the road. Did they forget to tell us it was a holiday or something? Sometimes those intel briefs seem like a joke. They never tell us anything that is pertinent to what we’re doing. They could at least they could give us a traffic report. The last thing I want to get caught in is traffic or crowded streets.

Well the trip didn’t seem like it was going to be bad at first. There were no cars on the road and the city looked like a ghost town. There was hardly anyone out. That was until we turned a corner onto a certain section of town. There were crowds of people that looked like protesters all walking in one direction. I wasn’t sure what was going on. It definitely wasn’t a funeral procession since there was so many of them. They all seemed to be walking to the same place. I figured they were walking to go protest but I didn’t know where.

I wasn’t worried for certain reasons. The crowds were big in some sections and some of the people looked like they were chanting and raising their fists. Some had banners and flags that were waved in the air. The IPs were out in full force but it all seemed pretty peaceful from where we were. I have no issues with protests as long as there are no problems. I’m sure it could’ve turned into a bad day real easy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found your site today and enjoyed reading your stories. Hope things go well for you over there and you make it home to your family safely.
I know it must really stink to be stuck over there but regardless of what you may hear, most people back home appreciate what you are doing. Thank You.

TK from PA

8/21/2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger kbug said...

Any time there's a crowd of people unhappy about something, things can get out of hand quickly. I'm glad it didn't get ugly while you were out and about...take care.

8/22/2006 8:40 PM  

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