special ops message from iraq part 2

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    "The civilians who have figured it out faster than anyone are the local teenagers.
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    They watch the GIs and try to talk to them and ask questions about America and now wear wrap-around sunglasses, GAP T- shirts, Dockers (or even
    better Levis with the redtags) and Nikes (or Egyptian knock-offs, but with the "swoosh") and love to listen to AFN when the GIs play it on their radios.
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    They participate less and less in the demonstrations and help keep us informed when a wannabe bad-*** shows up in the neighborhood.
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    The younger kids are going back to school again, don't have to listen to some mullah rant about the Koran ten hours a day, and they get a hot meal.
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    They see the same GIs who man the corner checkpoint, helping clear the playground, install new swing-sets and create soccer fields. I watched a
    bunch of kids playing baseball in one playground, under the supervision of a couple of GIs from Oklahoma. They weren't very good but were having fun,probably more than most Little Leaguers
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    The place is still a mess but most of it has been for years. But the Hospitals are open and are in the process of being brought into the 21st Century. The MOs and visiting surgeons from home are teaching their docs new techniques and One American pharmaceutical company (you know, the kind that all the hippies like to scream about as greedy) donated enough medicine to
    stock 45 hospital pharmacies for a year. Safe water is more available. Electricity has been restored to pre-war levels but saboteurs keep cutting the lines. And the old Ba'ath big shots are upset because they can't get
    fuel for their private generators. One actually complained to General McKeirnan, who told him it was a rough world.
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    The MPs are screening the 80,000 Iraqi police force and rehabbing the ones that weren't goons, shake-down artists or torturers like they did in East Berlin, Kosovo and Afghanistan. There are dual patrols of Iraqi cops and U.S./U.K./Polish MPs now in most of the larger cities. Basra has 3.5 million inhabitants. Mosul is a city of 2 million. Kirkuk has 1 million. How many and hundreds of other small towns have not had
    riots or shootings? The vast majority.

    The six U.K. cops were killed in a small Shiite town by the ex-cops they were re-habbing. According to a Royal Marine colonel I talked to, the town now has about twenty permanent vacancies in its police force."
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