Thursday, June 24, 2004

Three Loud Explosions

I can hear small arms fire right now coming from outside the wire as I write this entry. On my way to the internet cafe that they have set up for us on this FOB (Forward Operating Base) I heard three loud explosions, about 5 minutes apart, followed by some breif small arms fire. We have cement mortar bunkers set up for us all over this FOB for us to seek cover in during an attack. From a cement shelter I observed three very large dust mushroom clouds from right outside the wire from where the explosions took place. You could feel the concusion of the explosions from where I was standing. No word yet what just happened. The craziness begins...

Soundtrack To Violance

-Kill The Poor/Dead Kennedys
-You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You / Dean Martin
-Anything and everything by SLAYER
-Stuck In The Middle With You/Stealers Wheel
-What A Wonderful World/Louis Armstrong
-Speak English Or Die/S.O.D.
-Bombs Over Baghdad/Outcast
-Theme Song from The Good The Bad And The Ugly
-Imperial March from Star Wars
-Kill Em All/Metallica
-Lets Start A War, Army Life, and Blown To Bits / The Exploited
-Stars and Stripes Forever
-Welcome To The Jungle/Guns And Roses
-Ride of the Valkyries/Wagner
-Paint It Black/Rolling Stones
-Die Die Die My Darling/Misfits
-Give Peace A Chance/John Lennon
-Shinny Happy People/REM
-Show No Mercy/Cro-Mags
-We Care Alot/Faith No More
-Danger Zone/Kenny Logins (Top Gun song)
-Countdown To Extinction/Megadeth
-It's Clobberin' Time/Sick of it all
-Iron Man/Black Sabbath
-I Dont Care About You / FEAR
-Bloody Sunday/U2
-Orange Crush/REM
-Never Gonna Stop/Rob Zombie
-Wont Back Down/Johnny Cash Version
-Seek and Destroy/Metallica
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Blogging From A Combat Zone

"War is not a practical necessity, it is also a theoretical necessity, an exigeary of logic. That war should ever be banished from the world is a hope not only absurd, but profoundly immoral"
-Heinrich von Treitschke

I found out about this blog website stuff in an article that was printed in the new Time magazine. It sounded like a good way for me to kill some time out here in Iraq, post a little diary stuff, maybe some rants, links to some cool shit, thoughts, experinces, garbage, crap, whatever. I have no set formula on how i'm going to do this, i'm just going to do it and see what happens. You think the Sex Pistols knew what the fuck they were doing when they first started jamming? They just fuckin' did.
About me: I am a 11B Infantry soldier in the United States Army, currently in Mosul Iraq. Our mission: to locate, capture and kill all non compliant forces here in Iraq. So far we've done pretty damn good. I've been here for about 8 months now, and i have no idea how much longer i'm going to be here. My whole outlook on everything has changed since being here, and i've probably aged a great deal over here. So far, this has been one hell of an experince. Lots of lows, and very little highs. Everyday is the same, a patrol, an OP, a TCP, same food at the chow hall, see the same faces, same streets, ect. Nothing really ever changes here. Times goes by extremly slow out here as well. A little about me, I am from the San Francisco bay area, SF being the Baghdad-by-the bay, as Herb Caen calls it. I've also lived in Cleveland Ohio, Los Angeles, and New York Fuckin City.

FYI: In case your wondering how and why i got the name "MY WAR" as a title to this web site, its a Black Flag song, here are the lyrics to that song:

My war you’re one of them
You say that you’re my friend
But you’re one of them
You don’t want to see me live
You don’t want me to give
Cuz you’re one of them
My war you’re one of them
You say that you’re my friend
But you’re one of them
I might not know what a friend is
All I know is what you’re not
Cuz you’re one of them
My war you’re one of them
You say that you’re my friend
But you’re one of them
I have a prediction, it lives in my brain
It’s with me every day, it drives me insane
I feel it in my heart, that if I has a gun
I feel it in my heart, I’d wanna kill some
I feel it in my heart, the end will come
Come on!!
My war you’re one of them
You say that you’re my friend
But you’re one of them
Tell me that I’m wrong
Try to sing me your ego song
You’re one of them
My war you’re one of them
You say that you’re my friend
But you’re one of them
My war.


I am the Infantry.
I am my country's strength in war.
her deterrent in peace.
I am the heart of the fight...
wherever, whenever.
I carry America's faith and honor
against her enemies.
I am the Queen of Battle.
I am what my country expects me to be...
the best trained solider in the world.
In the race for victory
I am swift, determined, and courageous,
armed with a fierce will to win.
Never will I betray my country's trust.
always I fight on...
through the foe,
to the objective,
to triumph over all,
If necessary, I will fight to my death.
By my steadfast courage,
I have won 200 years of freedom.
I yield not to weakness,
to hunger,
to cowardice,
to fatigue,
to superior odds,
for I am mentally tough, physically strong,
and morally straight.
I forsake not...
my country,
my mission
my comrades,
my sacred duty.
I am relentless.
I am always there,
now and forever.
I Am The Infantry!
Follow Me.

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