Letters from Fallujah

Last week,  I  mentioned an email from Fallujah written by Lt. Col. David Bellon, which seemed to indicate that the city of terrorists was about to end its 8 month downward spiral by going out in a blaze of gunfire.

Today I discovered 2Slick’s Forum, where he posted a Letter from Fallujah, dated 11/27/04, written by a fellow West Pointer named Mike, serving in Task Force 2-7 CAV.

Mike’s letter is the perfect antidote for the long surfeit of real news about Fallujah from the MSM news outlets. Mike’s day-by-day account of the clearing of insurgents from that city make fascinating reading.

I have recently been criticised by apologists for terrorists because I categorized terrorists as vermin. They need to read Mike’s email, but they probably won’t.

Another exerpt from Mike’s email gives a clearer view of our efforts to help Iraqis while exterminating the insurgents who had taken over the city. He wrote:

Now that it’s over, there is a lot of things that people back home should know. First of all, every citizen of Fallujah (non-insurgent) is getting $2,500 USD (that’s a lot over here) to fix up their house or buy new things that may have been destroyed in the fighting. Insurgents took up positions in resident’s houses so we were forced to destroy a lot of buildings.

Mike’s email is long, but well worth reading if you want to get an eye-witness report on what he saw in Fallujah.

As I discover more reports, I will post links to them.

UPDATE: A U.S. military site with
maps, specific details and pictures of  mosques used to store and
manufacture weapons. This site is a treasure for those who want
detailed information. Here is an excerpt:

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UPDATE: Another indication that some inhabitants of Fallujah were happy to have the U.S. and Coalition troops liberate their city. It is truly amazing that this escaped the all-seeing eyes of MSM journalists. They were probably too busy viewing feeds from Al Jazeera to notice what was happening around them.

UPDATE: Another email from Lt. Col. David Bellon. Same time period as Mike’s email, different perspective, complete with pictures.

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0 Responses to Letters from Fallujah

  1. Sallie says:

    NO News is GOOD-News. The media won’t print the things that some people know. “Their Herd” would shake their heads and walk away. Thanks for posting those letters.

  2. John says:

    Interesting stuff. Lots of good hearted American soldiers. But David, are you suggesting that on balance, Amercian journalists have been biased against the Bush administration’s war effort? Thats not been my experience at all.

  3. John, you must be Canadian, have a wicked sense of humor, or both.

    Our Main Stream Media (MSM) is known for it’s accuracy (NY Times) and lack of bias (CBS, Rather). They generally interview Al Jazeera to find what is happening in Iraq and do their best to keep us informed of the things they think we should know.

    Here in the US part of the blogosphere, we generally preface actual news with the statement, “Something else you will not see in the NY Times, on CBS, NBC, etc.”

    It appears that pajama-wearing bloggers, biased and unrepentantly outspoken, are a better source of credible reporting than many over-the-hill anchorpersons.

    Bloggers wear their biases where you can see them. They even post them on their mastheads. Whether you read the Daily Kos or Little Green Footballs, you can check out their sources and judge accordingly.

    The most encouraging development is the growing number of journalists who have blogs and respond to comments. These people are on the cutting edge of modern journalism and I do not lump them in with the MSM dinosaurs.

  4. John says:

    “Pajama-wearing bloggers.” Thats rich, Wait a minute…right.. I do have my street clothes on. Just checking.

    Yes of course I’m Canadian – though I hope to be heading down to the US soon – love the people & the action down there. From here it looks like the MSM is pretty much in the Bush administration’s pocket, but maybe thats just too Canuckish of me to say so.
    I do agree with your take on where the cutting edge of journalism resides. And I enjoy your blog!

  5. BethW. says:

    Writing in my leopard print negligee with my bunny slippers, I just want to say thanks, David, for the references to some first person infor on Fallujah. Buck & I will both appreciate reading it. Hello to you and Gretchen! (By the way, our construction project is about to get going!)

  6. Bill says:

    David, comparing the terrorists to vermin is unfair to the vermin, I feel. After all, the Norway rat, the cockroach, and the maggot are all programmed to act in the ways they do… they have no choice. The terrorists choose to kill thousands of innocent people, to murder people on TV as a “political statement (including people who are working on behalf of Iraqi children),” and to claim that all this is in accordance with the will of God. I might try to wipe out the vermin (actually, no vermin are allowed in the Bay Area, as you know); but I don’t really hate them.

    My problem is that it appears there are more terrorists now than there were two years ago. But that’s for another time!

    Bill

  7. Bill,

    Although it may be unfair to cockroaches, I think terrorists behave much like cockroaches.

    If you see one cockroach, there are five hundred more hiding in the dark places of your apartment. When you put out bait, you find out what your real population level is.

    There have always been those who plotted dark deeds against humanity, but most contented themselves with plotting and lurking at a safe distance. Now that terrorists are highly sought-after media celebrities, any two-bit psychotic can get his fifteen minutes of fame by calling the nearest journalist.

    Unfortunately, terrorists have some of the same survival skills of cockroaches. When you put on a full-scale extermination program, as in Fallujah, some always get away to spread the infestation to other cities. The important thing is to keep after them and keep their number to an absolute minimum, just like cockroaches.

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