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A Soldier's Life

turningtables is a blog written by an US soldier in Iraq.

He writes almost daily and his reports are a very honest and intimate look into the daily lifes of the US soldiers deployed in Iraq. Here a few quotes:

"i actually have been performing an 'experiment'...i've been asking random soldiers who the vice president of the united states is...a very simple question...but i found a surprising answer...the majority of those i asked did not know the answer nor do they care...this is bad...our lives are at stake...our country as well...and we do not even pay attention...we have a voice...but we do not choose to use it..."

"i'm thinking in my head...where the hell do i go...should i get under a truck...what's the best spot for staging a defense...i'm looking around...sizing up tent city...and i realize that i've never really thought about my canvas home in terms of a battle field..."

"when i get close to some walls i can hear iraqis on the other side...sometimes i want to talk out loud just to see what would happen...would they answer...what would they say...how would they say it...what if they spoke english...what would we talk about...would he yell at me...would he try to give me stuff...would i give him anything..."

"the animosity is growing and i'm not sure how to subdue it...the iraqi fundamentalists who praised us and danced when we took baghdad now scream for us to leave immediately...what would become of iraq then...i don't know...we have opened a can of worms..."

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