Monday, July 07, 2008
An Iraqi Girl Offers Advice To American Soldiers in Iraq
A 19-year-old Iraqi girl and Baghdad resident blogging at MySpace, had this advice for American soldiers in Iraq (thanks to Jason Lemieux)...
"Hey what's up? Well u know I was born in Baghdad and I witnessed every war that my country has been through and I have collected few notes about the US soldiers behavior and how they treat my people based on what I've SEEN in my neighborhood hopefully these notes will help make a difference..
First of all, I have met some nice soldiers since 2003 but there are still others that are not so nice so this is a message for them which I hope it won't piss u off or give u any bad feeling bc we cannot develop if we didn't figure out what our problems are!
So Let's start from searching houses, I wish u showed a little more respect to the families that live peacefully in their houses when u'r breaking in their own houses and u need lessons to learn distinguish between good and bad people since u miss the bad gangs sometimes and disrespect the good once.
Make sure not to scare women and children and why leaving the house in such a big mess like if an earth quake just happened! That's not what a friend would do ( since u'r our friends that u came to help us as u always say though u haven't proved it yet!!!)
And to come to the most important part, the way u search the house is nothing but a waste of time BECAUSE u don't search the garden, u don't search the roof of the house and u don't search the back yard of the house! So what r u doing? People can hide their guns and everything and even the bad people u'r looking for from u so easily and u'll leave the house with empty hands and then wonder where did they get their weapons from and how could they hide them from u!!!!!!!!
And……. I wish u were nicer and caused no damage to any house of the civilians u'r searching without making it up to them unless u were very sure that the house is of terrorists, in that case, u can even bomb it if u liked to and we'll be very thankful!
When my house was searched by US army, they were actually looking for whisky and hashisha (drugs) and the first thing they did was to open my refreg.!!! Oh and a second time my house was searched at 2:30 AM, the first question they asked was " u got a myspace?" and before they left, they remembered to ask "u got a weapon?" LOL
In the street: plz. Look where u'r shooting at before u press ur finger, many innocent people get killed bc of ur mistakes, it's not only that Iraqi people are getting killed, actually it's more than that, bc when u don't do good enough while u'r here and hurt innocent people, u'r turning them into angry people and will give them a reason to fight u! and thus there will be victims from both sides which is really sad and I'm sure u wouldn't like it.
U needn't hit a car for not clearing the way for u, u or what u'r doing is not more important than the Iraqi people living in their country. Remember, u'r here to help not to hurt.
To those that drive tanks, make no jokes with the other cars when driving! Bc it scares to death! I've been through a situation when I said " OMG, it's the end" so I think it's no fun at all, stay away from cars and when u want to run them over, make sure they are empty, it just makes me sick to know that there are families that died inside their cars when a tank ran them over!
And finally, plz. Don't blame us for not being able to tell u about where the terrorists hide bc they can find us and kill us, I don't think there's anything that is worse than being killed for such reasons in time we have other choices…
and finally, if u hate iraq and its people, then don't bother and come here, noone invited u...
If I forgot anything I hope my Iraqi friends will mention it as a comment."