Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
March 27, 2003


Boots On The Ground

Hello All,

I hope that you weren't too worried at my lack of correspondence, I've been both busy AND bored since leaving CONUS, and I have lots to tell you all.

Let me begin with the load up on Sunday. In order to keep things orderly, the Army likes to organize. I am a HUGE fan of organizing; hence my 13 years service, and agreed that the best way to load all of our extra gear (you might remember me mentioning all the Crap they gave us after the railhead?) onto the trucks and the plane. Well, for the first time in my Army career the picked the list not by the biggest people (heavy lifting and all that) or from the front of the Alphabet, but from the rear. Yep, and our Hero (yours truly) was the second person in line. Now, I have no problem with hard work. I like to work up a sweat, and it also keeps my mind from drifting to things that I cannot control, however, we brought too much stuff (see Crap). There were over 250 duffel bags, weighing from 40 to 80 pounds, over 100 rucksacks (see Backpacks, but green!) and about 45,000 other pounds of food, water, medical supplies (good!) and ammo (BEST! nobody minds hauling ammo 'cause when you need it, and don't have it, that's a fucking crisis). So the load team moved all the gear onto a cargo truck in less than an hour, we then rode to the airbase (crammed like sardines) in busses and then loaded the plane. It was a beautiful 767, and I was reminded of all those movies where the hero can walk thru the belly of the plane without any problems.... that is bullshit. I'm 5'8" and had to bend over, and if you've ever worked in the belly of a cargo plane, I take my hat off to you. The weather was nice (about 50 degrees) and I was sweating thru my uniform by the time we were done. Oh, and while we were working, the rest of the company moved onto the plane an promptly went into chill mode. Nice. Am I upset? Nope. I expected that. And I expected to be on the same team when we arrived in Kuwait (oh, didn't I tell you we were going to Kuwait?), and I was. What I didn't expect (and I really should have) was the SCUD warning to go off as we were unloading the ammo on the tarmac (see Plane Parking Lot). Looking back it's more than a little funny, to me at least. I was in the belly of the plane, just about to set a case of ammo onto a conveyor belt that carried boxes, duffels, ect. down the rest of the team when I saw a buddy do something I'd never seen before. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, and he looked to his left, looked to his right, said, "SHIT" and threw the case of ammo he was holding to the ground, then proceeded to put on his mask. The part that Id never seen before was the ammo hitting the ground with total disregard. Ammo is precious, and generally treated with respect, but with inbound SCUDS I guess exceptions can be made. I followed his lead promptly, and then ran down the conveyor belt (that was SO cool, I felt like an action hero jumping over ammo cases) and into a bus waiting nearby. I thank God for Air Conditioning, and the "All Clear" (no chemical weapons present, no more SCUDS inbound) was given soon after. Whew, and that was the beginning of the day! (Actually it was mid-afternoon when we landed, but I had just woken up, so work with me here, ok?)

From there we were moved to a little place called Camp Wolf, a kind of clearing house for new soldiers in theater (see War Zone). We stood in line, showed ID and we officially welcomed to Kuwait, with a large tent, no cots and a wooden floor. Considering how tired we were (the load crew was just about spent after the download, jetlag, SCUD alert and moving into a place where you NEVER take off your protective suit, and NEVER go anywhere without your weapon) the wooden floor was just fine. Until the next SCUD alert came in, and this one was full on (those of you that scare easy may rest assured that we are all still doing well) as was the next two. 24 hours after we arrived at Wolf, we were given 20 minutes to pack up and be ready to move. Of course we were ready, and hadn't even moved our bags into the tent (how could we, there are so many bags that we'd never get the people in after them!) Oh, and I should mention that while leaving the bags outside with a guard seemed like a good idea at the time, after it started raining it was to late to rethink that plan (rain in the desert, sounds a bit typical, doesn't it?) We are now someplace else, but I am not going to tell you where (in case you don't know, OPSEC means OPerational SECurity, and that means that I won't tell anyone where we are going, because the Enemy can read this web site too, and I don't want to help that bastard at all!). I also know where I'm going next, not going to tell you that either (Don't think that I don't want to, normally I'm kinda blabby, but this is MY life here). I don't know when, or how, but probably soon. That also means that my internet access might become a little scarce also. Don't fear my dear friends and family and readers, I will prevail. Oh, and during the last SCUD attack (and this one was definitely an Attack) they got so close that I HEARD the Patriots lift off and take them out (yep, for all of those who know me personally, I'm still grinning, this job is so cool). If that doesn't bring a man home to Jesus, I don't know what will. Sorry if this one got a little long, I'm actually leaving some REALLY funny things out. Example, sure I can do that. A couple things you don't want to hear in a field shower: "I think this place smells worse than me." "Is it a bad sign when the skin starts peeling?" "I thought that I had a tan going until I washed it off." First soldier: "This place smells SO bad I don't even think that I can rub one off in here." Second soldier: "Wanna bet?" First soldier "You are a sick puppy." And the number one worst thing to hear in a field shower, "You gonna eat that?"

Gotta get going, it might be time to leave.

Love,
Will

PS I did NOT say any of the aforementioned quotes. I know you're all wondering, but no, not this time.

PPS Yesterday I ate like a king, that's why I expect to be gone tomorrow. The Army is getting predictable.

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Comments

Hilarious! I figure there would be no better, readily accessable way to relax than "rubbing one off" in any situation. I hope you are all home safe with your families in no time.

Posted by: Clark on March 27, 2003 12:12 PM

Gostaria que nada disso estivesse acontecendo... Aqui em meu país, há torcidas pelo USA e Iraque, mas torço pela paz, pois em ambos os lados, em uma guerra, sempre haverá dor e sofrimento. Em ambos os lados há homens que lutam que possuem família, filhos, choram, sofrem e também cantam, sorriem.
O mais correto era colocar o Bush e o Sadam em uma arena deixando o melhor vencer...
Estou apenas desabafando, a guerra é horrível, meche com nossos sentimentos, emoções.
Sei que não irá entender o que escrevo, mas gostaria de dizer para tomar cuidado, para não deixar o ser humano piedoso dentro de você morrer!
Paz e amor a todos e que não precise ir a frente de batalha... se ainda não foi!

Love,

Sílvia

Posted by: Sílvia on March 27, 2003 12:22 PM

I am glad that there are places like this site to get first rate stories from the people out there getting the job done. Stay strong and kick ass.

To: Matheus
WTF???

Posted by: Jake on March 27, 2003 12:25 PM

Those two rpveious comments are in Brazian Portuguese. Translations below:

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I am speaking of the Brazil, where we do not have a greedy president and usual in promoting wars... unico intention is of raising the bandeiro against U.S.A.... never knows q voces + will be welcome aki in Brazil, judges - in the power to commit suicide, to usufruct, to pillage and later leaving finding q when they take some bullet are the others breaking some treating? flock of imbeciles! voces irao to take the biggest slaughter and fiasco q ja had had, and all had died...!!! Abraços of the Brazilians.... knows q we hates vcs... 3º esquadrao of riflemen

Posted by Matheus at March 27, 2003 12:15 PM

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It would like that nothing of this it was happening... Here in my country, it has twisted for the USA and Iraq, but I twist for the peace, therefore in both the sides, in a war, always will have pain and suffering. In both the sides have men that they fight that they possess family, children, cry, they suffer and also they sing, smile. The most correct age to best place the Bush and the Sadam in an enclosure for bullfighting leaving to be successful... I am only relieving, the war is horrible, meche with our feelings, emotions. I know that it will not go to understand what I write, but it would like to say to take care, not to leave the merciful human being inside of you to die! Peace and love to all and that it does not need to still go the battle front... if was not!

Love,

Sílvia

Posted by Sílvia at March 27, 2003 12:22 PM

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I don't know what the first guy's problem is, but I'm with Silvia (except for the "Love" part).

Take care of yourselves, and know that we're all pulling for you.

Tom


Posted by: Tom McClendon on March 27, 2003 12:35 PM

Will;

Keep your head low, and your spirits high!

Love your writing, good luck, and God speed!

Posted by: Dale on March 27, 2003 12:39 PM

May God watch over you and keep you safe.

Randy

Posted by: Randy on March 27, 2003 12:46 PM

WHEW WILL! I was worried about you! Thank God you are still safe. You do have funny stories I'm sure. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us. It is nice to hear what it it like from someone who is actually in the middle of everything. I hope that this is over soon and you all can come home safely and with the job done! We'll keep the home fires burning and we are supporting you! Thank you each and every one for fighting for my freedom. Tell everyone you see THANK YOU!
Mattie

Posted by: Mattie on March 27, 2003 12:48 PM

Hang in there Will. I've finally caught up on reading all of your posts. You crack me up! Thinking of you and hoping and praying that you, your team, and the rest of the coalition soldiers are safe. Come home soon!
Thank you for what you are doing for America!
We love you,
Steph

Posted by: Stephanie on March 27, 2003 12:57 PM

Will, I started reading your journal and was hooked. You have such a great out look on the things around you. You know what it takes to get the job done. And the price you might pay to get it done. I am so proud to call myself your fellow American. I know when you get back to your family we all may never get to read your wonderful adventures again, but for now thank you for all you do. Don't let the small people(see losers) that don't agree with what we believe in, get you down. Hold your head high and get the job done!
Renae

Posted by: Renae on March 27, 2003 12:58 PM

Hello there Will!

I found your weblog the other day through a link from memepool.com, and I'm glad I did. It's fascinating and just plain wonderful to be able to read your words and hear what you're going through.

I just wanted to say thanks a lot.

I also wanted to ask where civilians like me can send care pacakges to share a little bit of home? With heightened security, is there anything I can do to make it easier for things I send to be delivered? Inquiring minds want to know, and I love to bake.

Take care of yourself,
- Jen

Posted by: Jen on March 27, 2003 12:59 PM

Glad to hear that you are safe and sound...Take care of yourself and BE CAREFUL. I check here everyday to see if you have gotten the chance to write again...and to know avail after 4 days finally!!

Wish you a safe return. Take Care Soldier.

With Love,
Kelley

Posted by: KELLEY on March 27, 2003 01:00 PM

Hi, Will - my family & friends check on you daily and send out Willerts (Will alerts) whenever there's a new post. Keep your head down and watch your 6. Expecting a book out you when you get back, mister.

Posted by: Jaymie on March 27, 2003 01:00 PM

Heh, Tom's "pulling for you." Guess his shower smells better than yours!

(just kidding, Tom)

- j

Posted by: Jen on March 27, 2003 01:01 PM

Glad for the update - and to hear your still safe.

Posted by: Linda on March 27, 2003 01:02 PM

Glad to hear of a safe landing! We all were looking forward to hearing from you and what wild story we were going to hear!

Take care out there...
ERIN

Posted by: Erin on March 27, 2003 01:04 PM

Eu nunca o vi na vida.
Você nem sabe que eu existo, mas ainda assim desejo que tudo isso acabe logo, que você possa voltar para o seu lar e sua famìlia.
Desejo toda sorte do mundo pra você e espero que esta guerra não lhe deixe marcas.
Numa guerra tudo é terminado rápido como coisa de soldado, meno o seu próprio fim.
Mas torço por você e sei que alguem em algum lugar deve estar orando por você e sei também que uma formça muito poderosa esta te protegendo.

Boa sorte pra você


Um amigo distante

Francisco Bandeira

Posted by: FRANCISCO on March 27, 2003 01:13 PM

Hey Will. I found your site the other night while "surfing" the web. You are a very talented writer and I love reading your stories. I have told all my friends and family to check this site. You are what we call "pee-in-ya-pants-funny". I had such a wonderful time reading your stories. I hope that you will come home safely. Thank you for all you are doing for this country and for our children and thier future. (see Former spelling bee champ gone stupid). Good luck Will and we are ALL praying for you here in the good ole south. (see Rednecks)

All My Love!

Posted by: Carla on March 27, 2003 01:16 PM

Hi Will,
Great to hear from you again.

Keep up your sense of humor. I enjoy reading your stories. I hope you all come home soon.

Love and Peace,
Marieville aka "Bel"

Posted by: Marieville on March 27, 2003 01:19 PM

I just have to say how much I am thankful for you. I am incredibly skeptical of any media and would much rather hear it directly. Your "blog" shows your resilient personality and definite writing skills. You definitely have the start to a book that I will be picking up. I pray for you and all those fighting. While I may not always support President Bush and his decisions, I do support the troops whole heartedly . May you continue to find joy, love, and strength in Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Jessica on March 27, 2003 01:24 PM

Fight the good fight Will!! No matter what you might see when you get glimpses of news, there are miliions and millions of Americans here who support you. The flags are out the yellow ribbons are on the trees, and we all cant wait for you brave folks to come home. Thanks for all u do for our great country!!!!!!!!! God Bless all of you and America.
-Tom (from Connecticut)

Posted by: Tom on March 27, 2003 01:25 PM

My best to you Will. Keep safe, fight the good fight and know that there are a lotta people behind you.

And to the family and friends of Will, we're thinking about you as well. Our prayers echo yours, I'm sure.

Thanks, a thousand times over... Thank you.

- Steve

Posted by: Steve on March 27, 2003 01:32 PM

My best to you Will. Keep safe, fight the good fight and know that there are a lotta people behind you.

And to the family and friends of Will, we're thinking about you as well. Our prayers echo yours, I'm sure.

Thanks, a thousand times over... Thank you.

- Steve

Posted by: Steve on March 27, 2003 01:32 PM

Will,

Take good care of yourself and stay in touch as you can. Keep your sense of humor.

God Bless,

Carolyn

Posted by: Carolyn on March 27, 2003 01:39 PM

Will !! Is so fantastic all you tell us. Please be safe and God bless you. I hope you go back to you family and friends very soon.I hope someday we all will live on peace.
Love

Posted by: Luciane Martins/BRAZIL on March 27, 2003 01:46 PM

Will,

I don't know why I am writing this considering how many you have to read. It's not like you have a lot of extra time on your hands what with liberating Iraq, finding Saddam, and keeping up your website to help keep us informed; however, I justed to share with you the impact your words have on me. Your words are eloquent while at the same time humorous. You have managed to somehow put a human face on this previously unhuman war, and I will be enternally grateful to you for sharing your life with us. Good luck in all endeavors and know that there are a lot of us over here who spend a good deal of our day thinking about and praying for you guys over there.

Good luck and godspeed,

Emily
Texas

Posted by: Emily on March 27, 2003 01:55 PM

Bush is the international terrorist. The war is stupid.

Posted by: João on March 27, 2003 01:58 PM

Thank you and all the other troops fighting for our freedom and the freedom of the Iraqis. Keep up the great work and continue KICKING ASS. If ever in sunny Orlando - as others have said- the beer is on me.

Posted by: A on March 27, 2003 02:09 PM

Well you got us hooked! We started reading your journal just yesterday at work and just couldn't get enough. We talk about you as if we actually know you, and we find that way too funny. The first thing this morning in the office was "Have we heard from Will?" My soon to be ex-husband (divorce when he gets back)is somewhere out there and thank God he called yesterday to say he was OK. I pray for his safe return and for all of you to make it back to your loved ones all in one piece safley not just your body but your mind and soul as well. May God bless you and thank you for all that you do.

Chao,
Sandra

Posted by: Sandra on March 27, 2003 02:36 PM

Thank you and the rest of the men and women who are over there for what you are doing over there. Is there anything that I can do for you . I know there is a ban on the mail packages but as soon as it is lifted is there anything that you and the rest of the troops would like or need? I will send you and the guys anything you need.

Posted by: Gina on March 27, 2003 02:59 PM

Thank you for all you do. May God Bless you and keep you from harm.
Billie

Posted by: Billie on March 27, 2003 03:26 PM

will, be safe, return safe. return quick. for you and your family i wish nothing but good luck.

Posted by: jillyn on March 27, 2003 03:38 PM

I will keep you and all our servicemen in my prayers. Thank you for all you are doing! You are the real role models for our young boys and girls. God be with ya'll! Good luck and come home safe!

Posted by: Katie on March 27, 2003 03:43 PM

Will, I am so glad you arrived safely. Nope, dont know your personally but your blog is great and makes me feel more in touch with all of our great soldiers over there. Be careful, Godspeed, and ignore all the stupid motherfuc*&^% comments moronic people leave. Good luck! Post again when you can so we know you are okay.

Posted by: Steph on March 27, 2003 03:44 PM

You go Will! CNN featured your site in one of it's articles and 3 1/2 hours later I have caught up on your life. My eyes still watering as I laughed myself to death. This is awesome! Really, this is the type of jounalism Americans need. Keep it up, I look forward to your perspective on the days to come. Be safe, in war and in the shower!

Posted by: Michelle on March 27, 2003 03:55 PM

Hi Will,

I was getting a little worried with the delay in e-mail. I found out about your site via one of the news sites I have been checking daily to get war updates. You have a great sense of humor! I want you and your fellow soldiers to know that I am thinking of you and praying for you every day. Without you and all those before you we would not have the quality of life that we have! Thank-you for making the sacrifices you have to protect our freedom! Stay safe and keep us posted on how you are doing!
Godspeed!

Mary =)

Posted by: Mary on March 27, 2003 03:57 PM

Stumbled upon your sight by accident however thoroughly enjoyed your stories....I find myself laughing out loud as I read which it seems these days laughs are few and far between. Take care of you. Appreciate all that you and others are doing! Look forward to more of your updates.

Posted by: Erin on March 27, 2003 04:09 PM

It's amazing you many lives you are touching with your journal. You have no idea. Thank you so much for sharing your writing talent with us. We want to know what it's like, we want to reach out... we want to connect- you are helping! Sometimes, cable news just isn't enough. God bless you for doing what you're doing... tell us where to send you books or brownies.

Posted by: monica on March 27, 2003 04:13 PM

Hi Will!
I just wanted to say thank you for protecting our GREAT country, and for not losing your wonderfully wry sense of humor in the process...

I don't have anything to say that others haven't already said so instead, as thanks for all the wry humor you've shared, here's something from the king of wry right back at you. :) Take care!


"TRYING TO HELP"
By Dennis Miller

All the rhetoric on whether or not we should go to war against Iraq has got my little brain spinning like a top. I enjoy reading opinions from both sides, but I've detected a hint of confusion from some of you. Maybe this can help.

As I was reading the paper recently, I was reminded of the best advice anyone ever gave me. He told me about the "KISS" method ("Keep It Simple, Stupid!"). So with this as a theme, I'd like to apply this theory for those who don't quite get it. My hope is that we can simplify things and recognize a few important facts.

Here are ten things to consider when voicing an opinion on this important issue:

(1) Between President Bush and Saddam Hussein ... Hussein is the bad guy.

(2) If you have faith in the United Nations to do the right things, keep this in mind: the UN has Libya heading the Committee on Human Rights and Iraq heading the Global Disarmament Committee. Do your own math here.

(3) If you use a Google or Yahoo search and type in "French Military Victories," don't be surprised if your computer panics at its inability to respond to your inquiry.

(4) If your only anti-war slogan is "No War For Oil," hire a pit bull lawyer and sue your school district for having allowed you to slip through the cracks and robbing you of the minimum education that any non-troglodyte deserves.

(5) You can take this one to the bank: Saddam and bin Laden will NOT seek UN approval before they try to kill us.

(6) Despite common belief among some, Martin Sheen is NOT the President. He only plays one on TV.

(7) If you are anti-war and even an outright "America Basher," to bin Laden you are still an "infidel" whom he wants dead.

(8) Be careful: if you believe in a "vast right-wing conspiracy," but not in the danger that Hussein poses, the only job you may be able to get is as an Ivy League college professor.

(9) Even multi-culturalists who try to browbeat us into believing that all cultures are equally deserving of respect have trouble explaining the past 500 year of Islam.

(10) Whether you are for or against military action, our young men and women overseas are fighting to defend our right to speak out on these issues. They deserve our unreserved support.

I hope this helps.

Posted by: SR on March 27, 2003 04:18 PM

I hope all of you americans and british motherfuckers DIE there!!!
You deserve!!!!

Posted by: Anti_amerianism grows on March 27, 2003 04:21 PM

We deserve multiple exclamation points? Whatever. And -- what's "anti-amerianism"? What's an "amerian"? Is there a country called Ameria? You know how geographically ignernt we Yanks are. [/end snark]

Seriously, good luck, godspeed, and victory to you.

Posted by: Andrea Harris on March 27, 2003 04:26 PM

I meant to say -- the last sentence of my comment was directed at Will. Good luck again!

Posted by: Andrea Harris on March 27, 2003 04:28 PM

Hi Will,

It's snowing in Wisconsin! Thought that might make your day. :)

America loves you! Please pass it on to every soldier you meet over there.

To Will's family: I hope it helps to know how many of us are praying for Will and all the rest of the best.

God Bless

Posted by: Dvine on March 27, 2003 04:32 PM

Hey Will.

Great posts man. I follow ya everyday as do so many others apparently. Keep your head low and that sense of Humor up. And watch out for the sand--As I remember it, it gets into everything not to mention chaffes!! We're all pulling for ya here in the Big Apple NYC. Be safe out there and aim steady.

Hooah!

Posted by: Gary - Ex-Army Airborne on March 27, 2003 04:33 PM

Hey Will. Duh! I Just checked out you profile rant and realized your NBC too! (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) for all you civi's. Hey Man. Stay safe out there and check those seals. 94 Bravo's kick ass!

Hooah!

Posted by: Gary - Ex-Army Airborne on March 27, 2003 04:49 PM

Hello dear friend...
I live in Brazil... and now I discovery your Blog. We see this conflit great distance from you... but here in our church we pray for you and soldiers every day... and we pray for every people in world, american people, iraquian people, or everyone. We like you see the soffering. Mothers cry, fathers cry, grams cry, childrens cry, soldiers cry, the world cry, God cry, in all place every people fell so much. God bless each day in your life... Jesus is the great and best friend every moment, and this kind of moments, much more we need Him... God bless you my friend... we have friend and brothers in Jesus in USA and IRAQ... today all of us stay in Jesus... When you finish this job, came to Brazil, Florianópolis SC, South, Island so beautiful... You and your family and friends are welcome in our church... your church in Jesus name...
Pastor Heber...

Posted by: Heber on March 27, 2003 04:50 PM

Hey Will,

Nothing out of the ordinary happening here in the US of A. March Madness will be big this weekend, heavy security is expected. Miss Massachucets was crowned Miss America and Bringing "Down the House" is still hot at the box office.

My biggest project is weeding my back yard which has zillions of weeds. I should be done this weekend, it only took me one hour a night for 3 weeks to get the job done.

I hope the fighting is far away from you. Take good care of yourself, don't forget to brush. I'll keep you posted on how things are here in the great US of A.

Stay safe,
TopDog

Posted by: TopDog on March 27, 2003 04:51 PM

Your site came highly recommended, and is a terrific read! Many thanks to you and all the service men and women with you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Amy on March 27, 2003 05:21 PM

When this ugly war will finish come and visit us in Brazil.

I am praying for you all...

Love,

Márcia
Brazil

Posted by: Márcia on March 27, 2003 05:32 PM

Hoorah! You made it! Now, knock 'em dead - literally.

Many well wishes, thoughts and prayers,
Cat - Denver, CO

Posted by: Cat on March 27, 2003 05:38 PM

Will,

Keep your head down. I came accross this and thought it might be appropriate...

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
though you mayor may not have always.

Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."
Maj. Michael O'Donnell
1 Jan 70
Dak To, Vietnam

Posted by: Kevin on March 27, 2003 05:40 PM

Czesc Will!!!
My heartfelt thanks to you for working so hard for our world.
Take good care of yourself. I am praying for you. Good luck!!

Jarek - Poland

Posted by: Jarek on March 27, 2003 05:51 PM

Glad to hear that you had a safe landing and so glad you were able to write us an update......I'm truly amazed at your strength Will....

It is truly heart warming to see all the support your site is generating, and for those who are terribly misguided and choose your site to vent their frustrations, ignore them Will...they know not what they say!!! There are millions out here supporting you and praying for a speedy, safe trip home!!!

Kick ass my hero!!!!

Love....

Posted by: Sharon on March 27, 2003 06:06 PM

Will,
Thank you for everything you are doing. And make sure you let the others know that we appreciate you guys out there working to free Iraq. I'm also glad that you are keeping us informed on the war from a soldiers prospective. Be careful out there and we'll see you back home soon. Love you guys.

May God Bless You,
Ashley

Posted by: Ashley on March 27, 2003 06:20 PM

Buenas tardes Will! I was extremely happy to hear from you. As I've been anxious to know of your well being. Gracia! Muchas Gracias! You're vivid experience has made me so much more aware of my own environment. I'm so much more thankful now than I ever was! I pray for you and the rest of the men and women out there a speedy and safe return home. Hopefully you'll be be clean (smelling good!), fed, and in a plane w/plenty of leg room :0). Dios quiera y regreses pronto, y con mucha salud. Para poderte preparar un platillo al estilo Mexicano!

To all those who can easily express their negative, and poisonous opinion from the nice and cozy comforts of your local Starbucks while drinking your expresso latte, right before you head out to your shopping spree at the Gap, all the while looking forward to that scrumptious meal you'll have w/friends and family. Think of the hundreds of thousands of men and women out there that are fighting for you in order to preserve FREEDOM!

Mucho Amor Will!

Posted by: Maggie on March 27, 2003 06:21 PM

Hi Will, I enjoyed your writing so much. You do have such a positive outlook within you with all that is around you and happening now over there. I pray for you all daily , several times a day as a matter of fact. I don't know you personally but now when I pray I will ask God to protect you, Will, and bring you home safely. God Bless you ALL and keep you ALL in His care! Pass the word around to the other guys with you ..... THANKS!!!!!
Janell

p.s. I am surprised those dorks that email talking about "death to Americans" can even read much less spell. Oh well, God will deal with them in time.

Posted by: Janell on March 27, 2003 08:10 PM

ok. i am just curious- what the heck does god speed really mean? out here in cali, we would consider it a WONDERFUL drug... sorry for my ignorance...

Posted by: CLUELESS IN CALI on March 27, 2003 08:23 PM

You're a hoot! You're in a strange, foreign country, risking your life for our country, and YOU'RE cheering US up! You're either a noble, admirable hero, or just plain nuts! So which one is it - Mounds or Almond Joy? Thank you so much for all of your sacrifices!

Posted by: Dana on March 27, 2003 08:44 PM

Will,

Alot of comments on where to keep your head! Up, down....Just had to add my own. Keep your head up, knowing that there is overwhelming support for you and your comrads. Keep your head down, eyes open, and be safe! The hearts and prayers of your fellow Americans (see smart people) are with you!

Beth

Posted by: Beth on March 27, 2003 08:45 PM

Will,
I heard of your blog through the CNN website. I'm a Navy Reservist, so I have an idea of the tremendous sacrifices people like you are making. Your posts are hilarious, and very entertaining, while also being poignant. I'm glad your flight arrived safely. I'll add you to my prayer list. God bless you, and stay safe. Hope to see your book when you get back.

Posted by: Dawn on March 27, 2003 09:10 PM

I hear the Islamic extremists believe that if they come into contact with pork, they are condemned to Hell when they die. You and your buddies smear some bacon on your rounds as a special "Hello" form us here stateside, and make sure the press picks up on and broadcasts it so they'll know whats coming their way. Might make them think twice.

Posted by: Bruce on March 27, 2003 09:41 PM

Hi Will
found your blog through CNN website.

Be safe and keep us updated. I sometimes don't know who the TV stations work for anymore.

Cheers.

Posted by: chieftat on March 27, 2003 09:49 PM

Found you just the other night right after you had taken off and didn't know when you would be able to post again. Hubby was in the Gulf in 89-90.. wished I had had someonelike you to help me realize how it was going. Hubby is outof the army and we aren't together anymore but I still remember being the one at home wondering ..So you are a blessing.. hope you get a better tent and a little rest soon.. take care and come back safe and I will send you a virtual rose assoon asI see you have reached home

Posted by: Carmen on March 27, 2003 09:54 PM

god bless you and stay safe...its great reading the fist hand stuff you write...a great change from the news reports..

can you post here on your site or send email personaly to let me know of someone i can write to that might not have family or many to comunicate with back home...just something to help keep spirits up...feel free to give my email addy to anyone who fits that bill..thanks

peace to you and god speed

ROCK ON

deidre

Posted by: deidre on March 27, 2003 10:17 PM

Sheesh Will....

You really bring me into your stories. I'm hooked on your journal, even if I don't respond to every entry. (see SUPPORT TROOP EFFORT)

Man, you go get the job done, get the hell outta there, and get your ass home! (see GODSPEED)

I know you have a lot of people wanting you to email them, and I guess I'm in a very long line, but if you get around to it, when you return, don't hesitate to email me. *high fives ya* (see MELTDOWN SERVER)

Hey Will...if you ever decide to leave the military, you've got a bright future in writing. (see SECOND CAREER) No, I'm serious. This journal would make a great read in book form. *girns at ya*

Keep your eagle eyes, catlike reflexes, and bat-sensitive ears upfront, Will. And when you get incoming, and are able to, GET THE HELL DOWN!!!

GODSPEED, HUGS, AND PRAYERS,
Judi

Posted by: Judi Eckes - Tucson, Arizona USA on March 27, 2003 10:21 PM

Will,

I remember when you and I played football as little kids on the practice football field across the street from your parents house. You were a scrappy little guy back then. No matter how little you were, you always wanted to tackle the biggest guy on the opposite team. I guess it was a way for you to show people that dynamite comes in small packages. Well, we have grown and matured, but you still kick butt. Dulcie's and my prayers are with you and your company. When you get back, I want to personally come back to our hometown and give you a hug and shake your hand. You and the rest of the soliders over there are keeping hope of freedom alive.

Do not pay any attention to those who bash you and others for following orders. I know freedom of speech is a constitutional right, but its a freedom that our fore-fathers fought for. If they didn't we could possible be living in a country were people like Saddam rule. In other words, living in fear. Fear of speaking out.....

You and the others are our heros. Dulcie and I support you 110%. I might not be able to serve, but I can do my part and support you and the troops. And to stand up to those who bash you and the troops for following orders.

Maybe those who are anti-war should go and live in a country were dicatorship reigns supreme. They might then understand why you are over there.

Be careful and god speed your return to us, your family and friends.

Posted by: Jon & Dulcie on March 27, 2003 10:49 PM

Hi Will,
Glad to hear you landed safely in Kuwait.Iraq sent you some scuds to welcome you and your troops.Sorry to hear that but I'm glad you are safe. Your website really gives us here safe at home a sense of what is happening over there.My husband is a sercuity officer here in Iowa.His company has really beefed up sercuity on all their accounts.Alot of the officers were called up by their reserve units so personal is really low. So alot of overtime.Be safe and we will be praying for you and all the soldiers to return home asap. God Bless! Teri

Posted by: Teri on March 27, 2003 11:02 PM

Hey Will,
I wish you all the luck and that you return to your home safe, but please do not kill any inocent people. This is a fake war created by a fake man who do not know anything about foreign policy but that is involving now real life like yours. Hopefully, this INVASION of Iraq will not last longer and you get out of there quickly. You certainly do not deserve this nonsense. After all, Iraq will never be a real threat to the US. We are learning in the US that the Iraq people are not welcoming the 'liberators' whose has oppressed them during the last 13 years and now are killing inocent lives.

Posted by: Ila Pire on March 28, 2003 12:14 AM

Hi Will,

thanks for the great reports. Being able to read first hand stories enormously enriches the way I can follow what's going on in Iraq.

Even though I was utterly unconvinced by US diplomatic efforts arguing for the need of this war, now the fighting has started I really do hope Coalition efforts will succeed.
Stay well, stay safe. I hope you and your colleagues can get the job done fairly quickly, and that you may all return home safe.

Kind regards,

Ton

Posted by: Ton Zijlstra on March 28, 2003 12:24 AM

Hey Will...just wanted to take a moment to tell you that we're thinking of you here at home. Man, you kick ass!!! I am SO proud of you and I don't give a damn what other people say (See MORONS WHO DON"T KNOW JACK). It seems that there's been controversy over this whole "heads up, heads down" thing. Here's what someone told me: You should keep your head up, but if you keep it down you'll never step in shit. Your pick!! Love you, miss you...come home soon!!

Posted by: Melissa & Lauren on March 28, 2003 12:30 AM

Hi Wil,
Like others, found your web site last night after CNN posted it. We wanted to thank you and the rest of our troops. Stay safe. If you find any of that "funny" stuff to play with (and I don't mean a 10 yr. can of Coca-Cola) remember don't scratch your nose.

As for the MRE's, my children have been eating them for a while. They are called "Lunchables", complete with Skittles. Only yours has a longer shelf life.

May God be with you and our troops. Do your job and come home ASAP.

Support for you in Va. beach

Posted by: Williams Family on March 28, 2003 12:48 AM

Lets see this post was up above one out of how many positive?

I hope all of you americans and british motherfuckers DIE there!!!
You deserve!!!!

Posted by Anti_amerianism grows at March 27, 2003 04:21 PM

Lets see the email addy was many americans dead .....wow what a touching concept who is the ants and who are the birds....we are picking you off .....We are trying to save the Iraqi people from starvation, and a asshole who thinks he is better then sliced bread.......You kill your own people, you put chemicals on the children,you go to their homes and hide like cowards behind the backs of women and children to make your power seem more real..........Get over it you are Dead.

Shame on you for trying to drag down what is a wonderful site that all of us read because we enjoy his humour and insite to things we dont see.

Take your anti hate and shove it up your anti ass.....I for one know that our troops will shove your heads up your asses so far you will be able to read out your noses.


GODSPEED WILL TO YOU AND TO EVERY AMERICAN AND BRITISH SOLDIER OUT THERE PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS........YOU GUYS ROCK.

Posted by: Juls on March 28, 2003 01:21 AM

Note to Clueless in Cali -
Godspeed = success; goodfortune: a wish for
the welfare of a person starting on a journey
or venture

Dear Will,
Thank you again from CANADA. I'm also telling
others about your site so that they can enjoy
it too. It's interesting and 'tears in your eyes'
FUNNY. Thankfully I haven't joined the 'pee
your pants' FUNNY...yet.

To Will's mom - what a great son you've
raised, our prayers are with you to keep him
and the other soldiers safe.

Don't always believe what you hear - many
CANADIANS are on your side!
Godspeed,
Roberta

Posted by: Roberta on March 28, 2003 01:23 AM

Hi Wil,

Funny how the anti-Americans (I don't meant anti-war people, but anti-Americans) that wish the US harm are too pussy to leave a real e-mail address up, but instead post nonsense anonymously.

I'm still unconvinced that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the world, but hopefully you guys will find some WMD and prove all us skeptics wrong. In the meantime, be safe, thank all your comrades for fighting, and write me if you'd like to tell me where I can send care packages (and what to send as well).

Love,
Erin
Windhoek, Namibia
(an American studying in Africa)

Posted by: Erin on March 28, 2003 01:25 AM

Found the link on cnn.com like many others. I was quite amused by the scud missile story.. though I wonder whether a bus was the best place to duck form a missile :-)

Anyway we support you and all the other troops and what you're doing for the world.

Noah K Sematmba - Uganda

Posted by: Noah on March 28, 2003 01:44 AM

Big picture:

You guys have a better chance of bringing peace to the Middle East than any other option out there right now. Saddam Hussein has been paying for the infrastructure of the suicide bombings in Isreal and the families of the bombers $25,000.00 each to attempt to derail any chance that Israelis and Palestinians could work out their differences. That money might not seem like much to us, but to a Palestinian family living in poverty (that they are told is caused by Israel), it is like a million to us. This blood money is causing turmoil that feeds hatred, and we in the end feel the effects down the road, e.i. 9/11/01. Peace, tranquility, and stability breeds pacifism e.i. the antiwar demonstrations at home and in Europe. The people in these demonstrations forget that their self-righteous indignation was paid for by your predecessors blood. They were brought up in nice suburban home with indoor cold and hot running water, heat, electricity, school bus on the corner to bring them to a warm and safe school where they were taught liberal values from bored and bitter teachers (a teachers pay does not breed competition for the job). You are fighting people who have had none or significantly less than that. The warmth they felt was the hatred fostered in their hearts by the people who used their hatred as a tool to control and manipulate them. It is far easier to hate and blame others for their situation than to work to make a better life for themselves. The mullas in the mosques incite hate and promise of a better afterlife to control and direct their agenda. Make no mistake about it the game is about control and power. In a stable and peaceful Middle East, the mullas would have less power. Saddam is financing the instability.

Little picture (your part):

Do not hesitate for any of the tactics used against you. They are used because your hesitation is a perceived weakness. Remember that no matter what you do, the mullas and Arab media will distort it anyway. You can't control that, but you can control the fight. The person that is being used as a shield against you might hate you out of fear in the moment, but will reflect back and know that their captor put them in the line of fire. Take aim to get the enemy. that is the best hope. You can treat the wounded, we can't bring you back from the dead. If you do not hesitate to shoot, the human shield will be more of a burden the enemy than to you, and they will stop using them. The battle for hearts and minds is the hardest battle for us anyway, the enemy now thinks that we are weak because we have morals. They will respect you if you do not let them manipulate your fight. That respect for you will give you the upper hand again. Try your best not to hurt the innocents, but do not hesitate to fire. Twenty years from now the individual circumstances will be forgotten, but the peace you bring to the region will be remembered, so do not hesitate to fire. Please come home alive.

Posted by: Mike on March 28, 2003 02:33 AM

Hi will!
Glad to be still there!

I just want to explain my opinion to Mike: how can you say that in 20 years from now the individual circumstances will be forgotten? How can you forget all the deaths, sorrow, pains, destroy? I'm with Will but I'm also with all those poor people who die in Iraq, in North Corea, in Angola... why do you worry about peace in Iraq? Did you ask to yourself? Why don't you show your power without bombing poor people? I'm against Saddam, but I'm not with your government that decide the life of his sons, sitted on the back of a desk!
That's why we want peace!
Will, take care of yourself and of your buddies!
Whatever is His name, God bless you all: Marines and Iraquis!
A big ciao to everyone there from Italia!
Rino

Posted by: rino on March 28, 2003 03:40 AM

Hi Rino,

There will allways be murder, there will always be bad things in the world, wishing for bad things not to happen will not stop them from happening. I am very sad that innocent Iraqis are dieing, but they are more likely to die at the hands of their own sadistic regime than at the hands of our soldiers. It really comes down to the lesser of bad things. Saddam is a evil man who if left in power will in the long run cause more death, destruction and suffering. He bleed so much oil wealth off of his country, into personal accounts all over the world, that the second wealthiest oil reserve nation in the world needs 60% of the food his people eats comes from the aid of other countries. People are starving to death needlessly as he uses oil money to fund terrorists to kill other innocent people. The world never has been a nice place to all people, but changing things takes courage and sacrifice. Please don't confuse my support for the removal of Saddam as a desire to see innocent people die, but unfortunately, that will happen. AND yes, people do forget in time. Out freindship with your country Italy is evidence of that. Remember, we were on different sides in World War II, and that is all forgotten now.

Posted by: Mike on March 28, 2003 04:57 AM

Wil - Found your web site via CNN and wanted to tell you how thankful I am for your willingness to serve our nation and fight for our freedom. I support you guys/gals 150% and pray for your safe return. You are a great writer and I enjoy reading about all of your experiences. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you are doing for our country!! Tell you comrades THANKS too! Be safe and may God Bless All of you!!

Posted by: Danielle on March 28, 2003 05:44 AM

Dear Mike,
I know there are lots of contradictions in what we say, either by your point of view or by mine. Romans said that the right is in the middle... I agree with most part of what you wrote but you didn't answer to my question: why only today you are so worried about peace and freedom in Iraq while in other places of the world there are similar regimes? Some of them, and you have to recognize it, are feeded by US big companies -> ERGO: are feeded by US Governors (see South America, the same Saddam, Bin Laden, and so many others!).
My position is non against American people: I've got a lot of american friends, some relatives of mine live there and myself wanted to move there definitevly in 1990. Last Summer I was on Normandy beaches: there, I sent a huge thank you to all the red crosses I saw. But nobody do nothing for nothing: those boys, probably, didn't know the reason why they died... instead, their commanders and political leaders well knew what they wanted: the political control in Europe and in the world. It's easy to say "Go and fight".. it's a little bit harder to do it.
The best way to preserve peace and freedom is diplomacy not bombs. There's an International Organization - ONU - that said "ALT" to your President. Bush can't complain now about the treatment of US Marines asking the respect of international treats as the Geneve's one while he doesn't respect other and more important treats.
That's all!
Finally, I'd like Will and all his companions return back and safe to their homes. I'd like to stop wars all over the world. I've lived the war through my father words and he wanted me swore to be ever against war... as I am.
Ciao!

Posted by: rino on March 28, 2003 07:09 AM

Take Care my brother!!

Good Luck and peace in your heart.

Posted by: Felipe on March 28, 2003 08:11 AM

Hi Rino,

You are absolutely right! There are other regimes that we should be worried about. But we can only deal with the ones that we have some sort of excuse to deal with. For Bush, it is the fact that he truly belivies that Saddam has, will use, and distribute to terrorists weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately suffering of a population alone has never been a criteria for interfering with a government. In the case of Iraq, it is the potential spead of violence and terror, AND more importantly the OIL WEALTH that can finance trouble.

In my opinion, Saudi Arabia and Iran are also major potential problems. The mullas are whipping the people into rage and violence againt the western world, and the their governments are afraid, unable, or unwilling to prevent it. AND they also have lots of oil wealth to finance it (9/11 was financed in Saudi Arabia, Iran finances Hezzbulla, and Saddam finances Intafada).

No amount of diplomacy is going to stop the mullas from using religion in the mosques from inciting hate and the seeds of terror. The mullas feel the power of hate, and have their own agenda of fighting anyone who is not a muslim.

You and I live in a secular world where we are allowed to believe what we want without government control - seperation of religion and government. The mullas see Islam as government. Our ideas that people should be free to make up their own minds is the biggest threght to them, and they will fight that to the death - in the name of Allah.

Again, it is not the suffering of people that is the issue, but the access to the wealth and the desire to spread it that drives this particular war.

That is unfortunate, but reality. I believe in peace as well, but I believe that diplomacy alone does not always insure it.

Mike

Posted by: Mike on March 28, 2003 08:35 AM

Forgive me WIll, but I wanted to respond to Erin, whose contact is not her email but a link to her blog. Erin - your heart is in the right place, but you have to understand there is a lot of experience that you have yet to have, and the force of your educators and peer group appear to have an adverse effect on you, as were to me perhaps 25 years ago. For your reference and by the grace of this board I would like you to consider the following, sent to me this morning:
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An 80 year old Veteran, who was in the Korean War and World War II gave a little history lesson and his thoughts today on War.
It is a different look at the War.
Thoughts to think about:
........................

I'm not going to get into a history lesson. The short, short version is that the League of Nations (established after WW I to prevent wars) failed to stop Mussolini's Italy from invading and conquering Ethiopia. It failed to stop Japan from invading and conquering Manchuria and much of China. Their committees wrung their hands spoke in platitudes but did absolutely nothing to stop war.

At France's coaxing Britain's prime minister Nevil Chamberlain met with Adolph Hitler in Munich and surrendered the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany in
the interest of "peace in our time." The French and British watched as Germany took Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia. They all had committee meetings and wrung their hands and talked of peace.

World War II erupted when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Britain had a mutual defense treaty with Poland so they couldn't escape. They declared war on Germany. Germany had a mutual defense treaty with Japan so Japan declared war on Britain. France wet their pants and surrendered to Germany as fast as they could and gleefully shipped all the Jews they could find to death camps in Germany to prove to Adolph that they really were on the side of Germany.

Japan attacked the United States and, because of Japan's mutual defense treaty with Germany, Germany declared war on the United States.

Up until December 7th and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a large number of our people were wringing their hands and saying, "Appease Hitler. He is really a good guy who just needed a little more land for his expanding population. The dear man just wants peace. And World War II was in full swing leaving better than 50,000,000 people dead including about 450,000 American soldiers and sailors.

Three cheers for the League of Nations!
After World War II it was decided to do the whole thing all over again. This time we would call it the United Nations and we will have committee meetings and hand wringing parties and make sure peace prevails throughout
the land.

While that august body wrung hands the Soviet Union split Germany, invaded Poland and Yugoslavia, Rumania, Hungary and Bulgaria along with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The peaceful world saw Korea with 37,000 American soldiers killed, over 1,000,000 South Korean soldiers and civilians killed and the country nearly destroyed.

Since then we have had over 50,000 American soldiers killed in Vietnam and have fought wars in Somalia, Herzegovenia, Panama, Granada,plus the Gulf War when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

We should have gone into Baghdad and taken out that evil regime then but the United Nations would have no part of that. All they would allow was for us to chase the Iraqis out of Kuwait, then peace would prevail.

Now, here we are with Saddam violating all 17 United Nations resolutions while he has massed poison gas and bio weapons.

He is frantically trying to develop a nuke and his buddy, Kim Jong-Il of North Korea may give him a few. (It was the United Nations who prevented us from taking North Korea when the war was hot and we had the means to do it.)
Peace!!!!!!!! Sure.

France is wetting their collective pants in fear that the United States will take Saddam out and along with him, France's 60 billion dollar contracts with Iraq. Russia hedges because Iraq owes them 6 billion dollars that they sorely need.

In answer to your question....... hell yes we should go to war with Iraq. We should have done it six months ago. We should also get out of the United Nations. Can you believe that the United Nations has appointed Iraq and Syria to head up the United Nations Disarmament Committee? Can you believe they have appointed Libya to head up the Human Rights Committee?
All three of these countries are on the UN List of Terrorist States..........Absolutely unbelievable.

Just don't get me going. Throughout recorded history the only time peace has prevailed is when the good guys have militarily whipped the bad guys. Who are our best friends in the world? Japan because we whipped them. Germany because we whipped them. Italy because we whipped them. Britain because we whipped them.

This is one opinion, on the War but this is the eyes, ears and heart of an American Veteran...
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Screw what the "international community" is represented as "thinking of us" as seems to concern you from your blog, that's as moronic as conforming to any perr group for acceptance. Do what YOU think is right after getting facts, not someone's opinion that makes you feel warm and fuzy. I know you won't accept this now, but maybe you are mature enough to consider this for the future; I am banking on that.

Posted by: Bruce McCormick on March 28, 2003 08:37 AM

"Got Your Back"

I am a small and precious child,
my daddy's been sent to fight....
The only place I'll see his face,
is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone to many days
for my young mind to keep track.
I maybe sad, but I am proud.
My daddy's got your back....

I am a caring mother,
My son has gone to war....
My mind is filled with worries
that I have never known before.
Everyday I try to keep my
thoughts from turning black.
I maybe scared, but I am proud.
My son has got your back....

I am a strong and loving wife,
with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified
in a way most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile
as I watch my husband pack,
My heart my break, but I am proud.
My husband's got your back....

I am a soldier....
Serving proudly, standing tall,
I fight for freedom, yours and mine
by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing,
the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home.
It's me who's got your back.

~Author Unknow~

Please keep our brave troops in your prayers. No matter what you think of what is happening in the world right now, remember that they didn't ask for any of it to happen. They didn't ask to miss holidays, birthdays or any special moments with their family & friends but are willing, in order to protect us & our freedom.

~SUPPORT OUR TROOPS~

Lots of Love,

From Texas

Posted by: Sylvia on March 28, 2003 09:00 AM

I wish Mike & Rino would get each other's e-mail addresses and talk to each other. I like reading comments to Will - who is the core of this site.

Be safe Will and to all soldiers who are following their orders - Thank you for my freedom.
Mattie

Posted by: Mattie on March 28, 2003 09:25 AM

you're making history in many ways, one by giving us civilians an insite to the realities of war and the sacrifices on a daily bases that you soldiers make, ie showers.. sleep...
i may not understand what this is all about but i do thank you for your devotion and am proud to call you a brother..be safe and thank you for sharing.

Posted by: EMILY on March 28, 2003 09:29 AM

TO MIKE (AND RINO)
Sorry if i introduce myself in your very interesting discussion but i need to place a comment: Mike, you said that Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran are financing terrorists, and it could be true, but do you know where Saddam, Bin Laden (and the others) lodge their money? Of course in Swiss Banks...
Are you going to bomb Swiss too??
I really think there are no ideological reasons nor any purpose to preserve our freedom in this dirty war, but only an economical aim called oil.
A kiss from italy
federica

Posted by: Federica - Italu on March 28, 2003 09:35 AM

Ahhhh...It was great to read another one of your stories. I love the outlook you have on life...I think alot of us could take lessons. Well, I now know that you guys are okay...rubbing one off and all...lol. Be safe and I hope to hear another story soon...we're all on edge waiting for it. Checking numerous times a day to see if you've written. Be safe Will and remember all of us are praying for you and the other servicemen and your family. Have a safe adventure and a safe return.

May you be blessed with showers that smell good enough to rub one off in!!!

Love, Rachael Dotson (Fort Bragg Wife)

PS Like mentioned before...if there is anything you guys need that we can send I would love to be able to do that. I know when my husband was in Afghanistan those boxes coming once a month meant alot. A little piece of home to comfort you. Chao!

Posted by: Rachael Dotson on March 28, 2003 09:45 AM

Thanks for everything you and your guys are doing for us Will!! Translating what you see into this nice, neat, little entertaining package is nice too...it takes a little bit of the hurt(from missing someone) and makes it a little bit more bearable.

Godspeed!!

Posted by: Rena on March 28, 2003 09:58 AM

Hola a todo = Hello all

Prefiero escribir en español porque es mi idioma natal, pero les quiero contar que una guerra no es buena por ningun motivo, sean reales o no, soy de Colombia y muchos se daran cuenta de las cosas que hemos estado sufriendo desde hace muchos años, pero a diario tenemos muchos muertos, ayer los terroristas asesinaron 15 militares. ¿Alquien se ha enterado? Quizas a nadie le importa, porque mientras se tenga el estomago lleno y esten abrigados del frio, a nadie mas le importa.

Con lo que han gastado en misiles y lo que se piensan gastar, ya hubieran cubierto y sanado el hambre de Africa e India enteras.

Ya no sabemos quien dice la verdad o en donde esta escondida, pero solo sabemos que nos toca vivir con una realidad ajena, un mundo que no es el nuestro, porque es de las pocas ocasiones en que la mayoria no gana o tiene la razon, la mayoria no queremos la guerra, pero no importa.

A quien le importa si los Colombianos o los iraquies mueren, o los mismos soldados americanos mueren obedeciendo una orden ajena? A alguien le importa?

Un abrazo para todos.
God bless us

Oswaldo Arredondo

Posted by: Oswi on March 28, 2003 10:01 AM

Dear Will, This is Mr. Tokuhiro Akasaka, a TV news program producer at Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. I am presently in the process producing a news story for our Sunday evening TV news magazine and would like to introduce your weblog and messages posted in your site to our program audience. Please notify me whether I can introduce in my program your site and messages post in it. I also would like to have your message to people in Japan. I will be ready to answer your inquiry about my program. Looking forward to hearing from you at JNN03519@nifty.ne.jp
Thank you.

Posted by: TBS from Japan on March 28, 2003 10:18 AM

Hi Will,
I really admire you...this is not from the political or war point of view...I just know all of you are doing the best to free a country and its own people. Yesterday on a forum here in Italy somebody has asked me if bringing Britney Spears in Baghdad will mean to free Baghdad...well, I think that also people from Baghdad must be free to like or do not like Britney Spears...I know all these matters about globalization, lack of own cultures....but...I still remember my grandmother who is now in Heaven, telling me her own story (she was born in 1900 and exprienced both the World Wars)..to me, a child at that time, her words about war, dictatorship, fear were jsut a bad tale...now she is no more here but her words are still inside me like my will of always having the chance of saying what I like, reading what I choose and listenting also to every kind of music. and this is thanks to people who came from so far away fighting with our resistance (partigiani)to free our people and therefore ourselves..I thank you and I wish you all the best!!
in bocca al lupo (good luck)- and you should answer: crepi!
ciao
Adry

Posted by: adry on March 28, 2003 10:20 AM

Hey Will! Glad to hear you are doing well. Please continue to take care of yourself and your soldiers. Know that we are all behind you and wishing for a swift victory, and a safe return home.

For the readers:

If you feel like you need to do something for our soldiers but feel powerless to help (like I do!), please check out www.adoptaplatoon.org and adopt a soldier! It’s perhaps the best thing that we can do for our troops.

Also check out www.millionsofamericans.com and sign their petition. For every 1,000 signatures they receive, they will send a care package to our troops.

FYI – I do not work for either of these organizations, nor do I receive ANYTHING for recommending them. I just care about our troops, want to make sure they have everything they need, and want them to know how much we love and support them.

Posted by: Alisha on March 28, 2003 10:39 AM

Will, glad to hear that you made it safely. Looked forward to hearing from you again....was beginning to get a little worried. Thanks again for all you are doing for this GREAT country. We support you and all the soldiers fighting for our freedom. I hope you can totally disregard comments from the cowards who won't even sign their names. I think they should have been on a separate plane to Iraq, to be with the other cowards there using civilians as human shields. God Bless and Godspeed!!! Praying for the safe and quick return of all the troops!!!

Posted by: Deb on March 28, 2003 10:54 AM

I apologize if my and mike's comments bored someone: maybe he/she is right... let's continue to ignore war, let's continue to imagine everything's going well. At last, it's just what your System wants: don't think war! We want imagine Will and all his companions as heroes like Rambo, no sweat, no smell, no fear!
You're probably right, Mattie: this is Will's site... we have to tribute honour to him!

Posted by: rino on March 28, 2003 11:14 AM

Hey Will,

I just found this site while surfing the net. I have enjoyed reading your rants and just wanted to say thank you for what you and your troops are doing. Hope you all get to come home soon. God Bless and be safe.

Posted by: Kimmy on March 28, 2003 12:12 PM

Will,

It's going to take me awhile to read through all of the comments on your site, but I did go through all of the archives last night. Dude, you kick some ass!! I laughed so hard, I cried. You remind me of my brother, who was Army Infantry during Panama. You're in my thoughts, and if I knew a mailing address for you, I'd send you some cigs, too!!

God Bless the USA.

Posted by: Dana on March 28, 2003 12:58 PM

Gostaria muito que esta querra terminasse,
os homens fizeram as bombas inteligentes,
e os homens, são inteligentes?

abraços

boa sorte

brasil, são paulo, santos

Posted by: NEY WILSON on March 28, 2003 01:59 PM

Will,
I stumbled onto your sight just as you had left CONUS. I found myself checking every day to see if you had gotten where you were going safely. Its great to know you have. I am looking forward to heaqring more from you. And of course like everyone (almost) would like to thank you for defending our freedom. And for trying to help the Iraqi people have a better life. Goodluck and be safe to you and all your fellow soldiers!

Posted by: Lori on March 28, 2003 02:01 PM

Hi Will,
you are GREAT!
You're living in the desert, in the middle of a war, and are able to make me smile! :)

I hope you are home safe in no time!

*Eros*

Posted by: Eros, Italy on March 28, 2003 02:19 PM

Dear Wil,
Thank you for your outlook on life and your insight into a soldier’s world. My brother is just about to graduate from boot camp and I am scared. I hope that he gets to meet people like you and make good friends in the Army. I am completely anti-war and have many opinions on our current situation, but that does not mean that I don’t support the men and women who serve this country; I support and respect all who take on that role. Your bolg is a great break from the media barrage on the war. You are a gifted storyteller and I check daily to hear your next installment. Thank you. Keep well

Posted by: Dena on March 28, 2003 03:22 PM

Will~ I'm so glad that you made it over there safely. I'm hooked on your writing and your stories and hearing about your life in the midst of this war. I know that you will be victorious!! Come home safely and write us a book. Take care of yourself and thank you for your bravery.

Posted by: Shari on March 28, 2003 03:49 PM

Hey WILL,
Just wanted to send you a line and let you and all the troops know that I am here for you all. Just want to know what I can do for all the troops over seas. My nephew is over there fighting with you, he's in Army NBC. I cannot say where he is at for security reasons. My twin brother is in the Army also, he's a Cpt. but won't get sent unless Korea starts in. I asked him why, but he doesn't talk about his job to much. If you want to give my e-mail address to the troops, I wil PEN PAL with them...let them know what is going on over here in the states. Well I am I am glad I found your site. I have been reading it now for a couple of days trying to catch up on all your posts. Give the troops my love, a safe and speedy return. KEEP YOUR HEADS DOWN AND YOUR SPIRTS UP....GOD IS WATCHING OVER YOU!!!

HUGS AND WISHES,
Renee'

Posted by: RENEE' BEAUCHAMP on March 28, 2003 05:43 PM

Hi Will...I hope this note finds you safe...I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes and such a great sense of pride in my heart for you all!!!

If you, or anyone out there ever doubts why we're there or the fact that we WILL be victorious....look at this website as a reminder, and then Will....kick some major ass and get home safe!!!


http://www.gunstuff.com/america-attacked.html

Much love and respect.....

Posted by: Sharon on March 28, 2003 06:42 PM

"Will from Omaha?" ;)

I realize that this is probably not the best place to post this, and that I may very well get lost in a sea of comments... :)

I just wanted you to know, that you have the support, the well-wishes, and the hopes & prayers for a safe return home of my whole family, as do all our troops.

-Shelby

Posted by: shelby on March 28, 2003 10:29 PM

Hi Will,
I hope this message finds you safe, even in the midst of war. A friend sent this link to me and I've so enjoyed reading your posts. You're such an animated writer, you remind me of the kinds of letters I like to write. :)

I'll definitely keep checking on you thru this site, but I'd like to do more. Please keep my email handy and feel free to use it yourself and/or pass it on to any of your buds there that might appreciate a good read from an enthusiastic writer.

I'm 33, single and live in Austin, TX (got to be the home of the biggest hippie population in the South). I don't like that we're at war because, let's face it, who wants to be embroiled in conflict? But you'd never find me in the streets protesting this one...sometimes there is just no other way, and I know that. I believe in this country and our President. I pray for you all each and every day, many times a day.

I'm a great pen pal, but don't have any contacts. I want to do what I can to repay what you all are doing for me. Believe me, it's possible to bring smiles with the stroke of a pen!

Godspeed and blessings to you all.

Posted by: Carol on March 28, 2003 10:34 PM

Will, I just stumbled across this site like so many others, and I am really really glad I did. This war has really gotten to me for some reason..I don't remember the first Gulf War touching me the way this one has. I'm either glued to the TV or to this damn computer, hungry for news, wanting it to be over. I believe in what we're trying to (going to!) accomplish over there, and I think the majority of us in the USA feel that way. Please don't listen to the naysayers and the jackasses trying to fill you guys with doubt. You are all absolutely AWESOME in my book. Thank you so very much for sharing your life with us. I will follow you through this war and safely back home! Be safe and be well. Thanks to all of you for defending our freedom and especially the freedom of my children...you have my gratitude, respect, and prayers.
Godspeed....

Posted by: Joelle on March 29, 2003 01:17 AM

I'm Italian, I can't understand all what you're writing but I want tell that I pray because the war stops quikly and that everyone come save home. In Italy we say "Forza e coraggio" and good luck.

Posted by: Francesca on March 29, 2003 05:49 AM

From an Aussie who thinks this entire war is bullshit - get home safe, Will.
Best wishes.

Posted by: Ren on March 29, 2003 06:54 AM

Think about the God ! Does He like you to kill the people, because stupid goverment told you to do it? What will you get from it? You will get the Hell !
All people want to live in peace, you can kill peaceful people, but not those who makes all that war ! Stop yourself and stop your friends there !

Posted by: Amira on March 29, 2003 09:43 AM

deseo que muy pronto se acabe todo esto el mundo entero sufre ahora ,, estamos orando por ustedes por todos los que estan sufriendo en carne propia los estragos de esta guerra,,, soy panameña y tenemos gente de nuestra patria en la guerra y tengo amigos de la marina y myi exnovio de la navy y como ven todo esto me afecta mucho pero ruego adios que todo esto termine y austedes les digo que sean fuertes y que recuerden que todos los esperamos pronto devuelta ,, son mis deseos desde panama

Posted by: yaqueline on March 29, 2003 10:01 AM

Hi Will...Love your stories and your expierences that you share with us. My daughter and I would like to thank you and every Soldier out there, for protecting us and our families. I can rest at peace knowing that there are people like you, who care about people like us. I thank God for letting me live in a free country, with brave Soilders, and that someday, everyone in this world will have a chance at freedom.

Thank you for putting your life on the line.
May God be with you at every minute.

Love,
Christy & Jordan

Posted by: Christy on March 29, 2003 11:42 AM

The (Hidden) Meaning of War.

Exposed & Explained.

Jews Beware of the "Savior"

Israel Golden Shield Is The Only Efficient, Riskless, Cheap Yet Very Jewish Solution to the Twin Ills of Economic Depression & War Sufferings: ExodUS http://550.org.il/

As Far As Eretz Israel Is Concerned (and That Includes Iraq) We Don't Make No Deals With No One (and That Includes the USA).

Attacking Iraq is an Insult to the Jewish People. We Can Not Tolerate It Any Longer.

Eretz Israel Is Off Limits to ANYONE and Under the Protection of Israel Golden Shield.

Deprived of Both Fundings & Motives the War & All Its Collateral Sufferings, Caused by Friendly Fires or Else, Will Then Stop Quasi Instantaneously.

Unlike Hitler Election in Germany in the 30's, ExodUS Is Not a Democratic Process: A Small Number of Bright Minds Will Overcome a Vast Majority of Anti-Semitic Dummies.

The Formidable Power of ExodUS Stems From the Fact That, Contrary to War or Capitalism, The Individual Interest of the Participant Is Totally Coherant With The General Interest of the Group.

Here There Is No Friendly Fire & No Collateral Damages!

Did I Mention It Is Free & Completly Anonymous?

Everything Will Be Over By May.

The Conspiracy to Set the Middle East on Fire and Start Armageddon Between Jews & Muslims Will Backfire!

http://550.org.il/

Shalom for Israel Golden Shield in the Name of Rav Aluf Ilan Ramon ZT"L

Posted by: Shalom on March 29, 2003 11:43 AM

WILL

WANTED TO SEND A NOTE FROM SOMEONE WHO STANDS BEHIND YOU AND ALL OF THE TROOPS 110%. YOU ARE RECEIVING MORE SUPPORT THAN ACTUALLY REALIZED. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY EVERYONE WOULD PREFER TO LIVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD BUT HOW REALISTIC IS THAT? LIFE IS NOT A FAIRYTALE!!!!THE ENDING IS NOT ALWAYS HAPPY. THINGS MUST BE DONE TO PROTECT THE LIFE THAT WE LIVE. INSTEAD OF CONDEMNING WE NEED TO STAND BEHIND/BESIDE ALL OF OUR HEROES. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS AND IN MY HEART. MUCH LOVE.

Posted by: savanna on March 29, 2003 01:19 PM

Dear Will,
God bless you and your fellow soldiers! We listen and pray every day for all of you to be strong, and return home safely. And you will! America is behind you all the way! We deeply appreciate everything you are doing for the cause of freedom. Thank you for helping to protect our homeland. Keep focused, and keep your sense of humor. Continue to encourage one another, and be brave. You all are our heros. We love you!
God bless all of you, and God bless America.

Posted by: Maureen on March 29, 2003 05:33 PM

Dear Will,
think that only love and hope can to comfort your heart in this moment...
I praying for you...
San, from Brazil

p.s. sorry my english!!

Posted by: Sandra on March 29, 2003 06:51 PM

Hiya

I also stumbled on this site like so many others, and after reading one post i had to go back and read the archives. Will, I think Im in love LOL Having been active duty & National Guard myself and having been in some of those same situations, I was in tears from laughing so hard. Have fun storming the castle, watch your 6, and if ya see my x hubby, please arrange a little friendly fire incident LOL (kidding..sorta!) :o)

Posted by: Jamie K on March 29, 2003 07:07 PM

Will,
I'm brazilian, from Rio de Janeiro.
My english is very poor, sorry.
Good Luck and peace in your heart.
May God be with you at every minute.

Take care !!!

Love,
Beth

Posted by: Beth on March 29, 2003 07:11 PM

Would love to buy you a beer when this is all over!!

Keep your sense of humor. I would imagine that it will sometimes be the only thing that helps you make it through the day.

Good luck and Godspeed!

Posted by: Sherri on March 29, 2003 07:16 PM

Hi, Will! I'm a new admirer of yours. :)

Anyway, I wanted to thank you and others in your team for protecting our country with your lives. United States of America wouldn't be here without you guys!

Please come back safe and sound... you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Michael on March 29, 2003 10:11 PM

Will-God bless you and your fellow soldiers! I am so proud and touched by the tremendous sacrifices our soldiers and their families are making for the good of the world.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your postings and I look forward to the next time we all hear from you.
Please take care.

Posted by: Jamie on March 30, 2003 02:02 AM

Hi Will,
I believe this is a noble cause for what you and the other great American Hero's are fighting for. God is on your side, remember He is always with you, you are never alone! We cannot leave that maniacal man or his repulsive regime in tact. (I say we, like I'm there helping) Your stories totally crack me up and I check back often to see if you have written any more.
We love you and the other brave men and women out there fighting for our freedoms!
You are all in my prayers!
Do what you need to do to stay safe!
Lori~Phoenix, AZ

Posted by: Lori on March 30, 2003 02:15 AM

I stumbled onto this site like so many others...I just want to say Thanks to You & every other member of the service who are fighting to defend Our Freedom.
God Bless...Come Home Soon.

Posted by: Michelle on March 30, 2003 03:23 AM

Will we are proud of you come home soon.

Esta guerra, como todas, se volvió atroz

ARLINGTON, Virginia.- La campaña militar había comenzado, como muchas otras a lo largo de la historia, con encendidas y exaltadas arengas de los comandantes de campo a sus tropas, reclamando coraje, paciencia, compasión por el pueblo iraquí e, incluso, hidalguía.
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A la semana el conflicto se degeneró y se transformó en una inesperada monstruosidad en casi todas las zonas pobladas donde las fuerzas norteamericanas y británicas han sido combatidas.
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Quienes creían -a partir de los informes de inteligencia y las declaraciones de los planificadores del Pentágono- que la población iraquí, y especialmente la que pertenece a los sectores chiitas del Sudeste, saldría a aclamar a las fuerzas anglonorteamericanas como si fueran libertadoras se encontraron, en cambio, con una tenaz resistencia. En Basora los soldados no fueron aclamados como libertadores, sino que fueron enfrentados con odio.
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La fantasía de entusiastas muchedumbres que dan la bienvenida a los libertadores se esfumó tras los combates. Nasiriya nos da el panorama de una caótica táctica guerrillera, repleta de emboscadas, civiles muertos, bajas por fuego amigo y marines desaparecidos. La experiencia nos dice que esa especie de combate trae consigo animosidad y venganza. Otras informaciones confirman el rumbo que la guerra promete tomar: milicianos vestidos de civil que abren fuego y desaparecen.
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Esas acciones no son más que la clásica táctica guerrillera, que no difiere de Vietnam. Allí, habitualmente enfrentábamos a soldados enemigos vestidos de civil, e incluso de mujer.
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La confusión táctica y moral que envuelve esta clase de combate es enorme. También es un motivo por el cual los marines sufrieron tantas bajas en Vietnam. La resistencia guerrillera demuestra ser temible en la guerra en Irak, y mucho más eficaz que los combates que hasta ahora se han librado cerca de Bagdad. La mayor parte de las bajas norteamericanas hasta ahora fue provocada por acciones guerrilleras contra marines en Nasiriya. Hay quienes se sorprendieron, entre ellos quienes planificaron la guerra y quienes están en el frente.
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¿Por qué? En parte por el pobre rendimiento de Irak en la Guerra del Golfo, en 1991, que hizo que muchos subestimaran su voluntad de combatir y pasaran por alto la diferencia entre retirarse de un territorio conquistado y defender el propio suelo. Mayormente, porque la idea de una feroz resistencia se contraponía a cómo se justificó esta guerra ante los norteamericanos.
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Las estrategias de Irak y de Estados Unidos son parcialmente militares. Para los planificadores norteamericanos, la recompensa era la aceptación iraquí de una invasión con el propósito de cambiar el régimen. Si los iraquíes nos daban la bienvenida, les sería difícil condenar nuestra presencia a quienes cuestionaban el sentido de la guerra.
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De ese modo, durante los aprestos para la guerra, ante el pueblo norteamericano se describió a los iraquíes como una población tan reprimida por Saddam que rápidamente se sublevaría para derrocarlo al llegar los norteamericanos. Eso fue lo que esperaron muchos marines al entrar en Irak. Del otro lado, el régimen usó su historia y el apoyo norteamericano a Israel y apeló al nacionalismo de su pueblo para resistir frente a la invasión. Los primeros indicios muestran que la invasión ha generado un tremendo rencor.
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La próxima etapa
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La primera etapa de los ataques aéreos fue política, dirigida a los líderes iraquíes. La actual campaña está planificada para vulnerar sus mejores unidades. El próximo paso probablemente sea una serie de combates con armas convencionales entre la infantería norteamericana y la Guardia Republicana. Estados Unidos espera forzar a las mejores unidades iraquíes a combatir en determinada posición o tentarlas a un enfrentamiento desenfrenado, en el que la superioridad tecnológica y el poder aéreo de los norteamericanos podrían exterminarlas.
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Pero el régimen revisó los errores que cometió en 1991 y las acciones norteamericanas en Somalia y Kosovo. Lo más probable es que atraiga a las unidades norteamericanas a las ciudades, obligándolas a librar combates con tanques en zonas densamente pobladas de Bagdad. Esa táctica está concebida para aumentar las bajas norteamericanas más allá de lo aceptable por los norteamericanos y también para templar la voluntad iraquí contra los invasores.
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Si Estados Unidos triunfa en esos combates, la guerra terminaría pronto. Pero si hay un estancamiento, podría sobrevenir una epidemia guerrillera en todo Irak. E incluso ante una victoria aliada es difícil imaginar un período de ocupación poco peligroso.
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¿Odian los iraquíes a Saddam mucho más de lo que detestan a los norteamericanos? Esa pregunta perdurará en la Casa Blanca y en las fuerzas dentro de Irak cuando comience la ocupación, aunque la guerra dure unos días o varios meses. O peor aún, durante la primera fase de la ocupación podría haber represalias contra miembros del régimen y luego la situación podría mostrar una reanudación de ataques guerrilleros. Bienvenidos al infierno. Muchos de nosotros lo vivimos en carne propia en otra época. No esperen algo mejor durante un tiempo.
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El autor fue comandante de una compañía de marines en Vietnam y secretario de Marina de Estados Unidos.
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(Traducción: Luis Hugo Pressenda)
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.<< Comienzo de la notaARLINGTON, Virginia.- La campaña militar había comenzado, como muchas otras a lo largo de la historia, con encendidas y exaltadas arengas de los comandantes de campo a sus tropas, reclamando coraje, paciencia, compasión por el pueblo iraquí e, incluso, hidalguía.
.
A la semana el conflicto se degeneró y se transformó en una inesperada monstruosidad en casi todas las zonas pobladas donde las fuerzas norteamericanas y británicas han sido combatidas.
.
Quienes creían -a partir de los informes de inteligencia y las declaraciones de los planificadores del Pentágono- que la población iraquí, y especialmente la que pertenece a los sectores chiitas del Sudeste, saldría a aclamar a las fuerzas anglonorteamericanas como si fueran libertadoras se encontraron, en cambio, con una tenaz resistencia. En Basora los soldados no fueron aclamados como libertadores, sino que fueron enfrentados con odio.
.
La fantasía de entusiastas muchedumbres que dan la bienvenida a los libertadores se esfumó tras los combates. Nasiriya nos da el panorama de una caótica táctica guerrillera, repleta de emboscadas, civiles muertos, bajas por fuego amigo y marines desaparecidos. La experiencia nos dice que esa especie de combate trae consigo animosidad y venganza. Otras informaciones confirman el rumbo que la guerra promete tomar: milicianos vestidos de civil que abren fuego y desaparecen.
.
Esas acciones no son más que la clásica táctica guerrillera, que no difiere de Vietnam. Allí, habitualmente enfrentábamos a soldados enemigos vestidos de civil, e incluso de mujer.
.
La confusión táctica y moral que envuelve esta clase de combate es enorme. También es un motivo por el cual los marines sufrieron tantas bajas en Vietnam. La resistencia guerrillera demuestra ser temible en la guerra en Irak, y mucho más eficaz que los combates que hasta ahora se han librado cerca de Bagdad. La mayor parte de las bajas norteamericanas hasta ahora fue provocada por acciones guerrilleras contra marines en Nasiriya. Hay quienes se sorprendieron, entre ellos quienes planificaron la guerra y quienes están en el frente.
.
¿Por qué? En parte por el pobre rendimiento de Irak en la Guerra del Golfo, en 1991, que hizo que muchos subestimaran su voluntad de combatir y pasaran por alto la diferencia entre retirarse de un territorio conquistado y defender el propio suelo. Mayormente, porque la idea de una feroz resistencia se contraponía a cómo se justificó esta guerra ante los norteamericanos.
.
Las estrategias de Irak y de Estados Unidos son parcialmente militares. Para los planificadores norteamericanos, la recompensa era la aceptación iraquí de una invasión con el propósito de cambiar el régimen. Si los iraquíes nos daban la bienvenida, les sería difícil condenar nuestra presencia a quienes cuestionaban el sentido de la guerra.
.
De ese modo, durante los aprestos para la guerra, ante el pueblo norteamericano se describió a los iraquíes como una población tan reprimida por Saddam que rápidamente se sublevaría para derrocarlo al llegar los norteamericanos. Eso fue lo que esperaron muchos marines al entrar en Irak. Del otro lado, el régimen usó su historia y el apoyo norteamericano a Israel y apeló al nacionalismo de su pueblo para resistir frente a la invasión. Los primeros indicios muestran que la invasión ha generado un tremendo rencor.
.
La próxima etapa
.
La primera etapa de los ataques aéreos fue política, dirigida a los líderes iraquíes. La actual campaña está planificada para vulnerar sus mejores unidades. El próximo paso probablemente sea una serie de combates con armas convencionales entre la infantería norteamericana y la Guardia Republicana. Estados Unidos espera forzar a las mejores unidades iraquíes a combatir en determinada posición o tentarlas a un enfrentamiento desenfrenado, en el que la superioridad tecnológica y el poder aéreo de los norteamericanos podrían exterminarlas.
.
Pero el régimen revisó los errores que cometió en 1991 y las acciones norteamericanas en Somalia y Kosovo. Lo más probable es que atraiga a las unidades norteamericanas a las ciudades, obligándolas a librar combates con tanques en zonas densamente pobladas de Bagdad. Esa táctica está concebida para aumentar las bajas norteamericanas más allá de lo aceptable por los norteamericanos y también para templar la voluntad iraquí contra los invasores.
.
Si Estados Unidos triunfa en esos combates, la guerra terminaría pronto. Pero si hay un estancamiento, podría sobrevenir una epidemia guerrillera en todo Irak. E incluso ante una victoria aliada es difícil imaginar un período de ocupación poco peligroso.
.
¿Odian los iraquíes a Saddam mucho más de lo que detestan a los norteamericanos? Esa pregunta perdurará en la Casa Blanca y en las fuerzas dentro de Irak cuando comience la ocupación, aunque la guerra dure unos días o varios meses. O peor aún, durante la primera fase de la ocupación podría haber represalias contra miembros del régimen y luego la situación podría mostrar una reanudación de ataques guerrilleros. Bienvenidos al infierno. Muchos de nosotros lo vivimos en carne propia en otra época. No esperen algo mejor durante un tiempo.
.
El autor fue comandante de una compañía de marines en Vietnam y secretario de Marina de Estados Unidos

Posted by: James Webb on March 30, 2003 07:14 AM

Having gone through desert storm myself I can understand what all are going through. My support for the home team in infinite. As for some, no one I know, protesters in the US, all of them can kiss my ass !!!!

Take care and god bless !!!

Posted by: Geoff on March 30, 2003 07:49 AM

Hey Will, just caught up with your site. Great job buddy. I have several friends and my little brother over there with ya. Thanks for the up and up., Good luck, stay safe, and write again soon.

Posted by: Susan on March 30, 2003 08:15 AM

Will,
You are so funny, keep up the great attitude!!!! I am very proud of you and all our soldiers, THANK YOU and really, keep up your great attitude, you are hysterical!!! Stay safe and get home soon!
Love and prayers,
Michele, Folsom PA

Posted by: Michele on March 30, 2003 08:46 AM

Will, you are what America is about. You and the rest of the troups represent the best of our nation, be proud and stand strong. I will have a beer in your name! God bless you and keep you and the rest of our troops safe!!!

Posted by: Heidi on March 30, 2003 09:00 AM

If you think there´s really a reason for this war then I say that you´re just a blind. But I think you know what are you doing... and waht you do its waht you´ll receive someday...
It´s easy to just hear about war and dont fell what war really is... think about that inocent people that suffer just because of your needs of oil.
Thats all... I just want to say that theres never a reason to war.

Posted by: Leonardo Sampaio on March 30, 2003 10:45 AM

Will! Your troops are lucky to have such a level-headed guy at the helm! My kids and I have been reading your 'story' and I am so impressed by your candor and humor in the face of such terrifying adversity. I was re-activated for Desert Storm and I have a good idea what you are going through, up until the combat part! Keep your head up and down and the same time ok? Finish this mess off once and for all so that the next decade will not have to go through this again! Hugs and Kisses from me and the kids!

Posted by: Angela on March 30, 2003 10:56 AM

Will hello again from Canton Ohio.
I wish you well and remember the oath we took to defend our country and others that can't.
Don't let any negative (propaganda)thoughts cross your mind and you will always have honor.
God bless and we are praying for all of you.
Time to take the gloves off and finish the job.
Kick their ass(remember bad guys) and they the people shall be free(remember good guys).

Posted by: Michael Santan on March 30, 2003 01:18 PM

Hey Will,
I must say I have felt your pain on loading and unloading planes... luckily the ones I have to deal with are not as big as a 767. :o)

I have really enjoyed your posts and I check back regularly. I am of the opinion of quite a few other people.... You should REALLY write a book.

Stay safe and watch your back. Hopefully this will all be over soon. I sure hope they allow it to be SETTLED before you leave this time though! I would hate to think we went just to have it all start again a few years down the road.

Anyway, Take care and Godspeed!

Love,
Tiffany
P.S. I sure hope you have shower shoes :o)

Posted by: Tiffany on March 30, 2003 03:19 PM

Nao concordo com essa guerra.
Nao vejo sentido nela, Will...
Estou triste por isso.
Nao é Saddam nem Bush que tem suas familias e casas destruídas.

Por favor, nao a guerra!

Please, no War!!!

Posted by: Lucia on March 30, 2003 03:37 PM

Hi Will,

It is me again, Maureen. Still praying for all of you. You all will be just fine. Just read some recent postings. Some people are so full of hate. That is nothing new. However, the majority of people are very supportive and appreciative. Keep it in perspective, my friend. Keep focused. We are here for all of you. Always remember that. God bless you!!

Posted by: Maureen on March 30, 2003 03:46 PM

Hi Will! I searched for a blog from a serviceman and I found your address listed in a UK news article (I'm in Delaware). I was immediately hooked by your writing style, read all of your archives, and will eagerly await new posts from you.

I will also keep you and your fellow troops close to my heart while you work to protect all of the world. I will pray for your safety and speak up for your noble deeds in the face of those liberal do-nothing pacifists. I am so full of pride and confidence when I think about our forces. There are so many wonderful things about America - It's people like you who stand up to keep it that way!

You have my respect and awe.
kelley

Posted by: Kelley on March 30, 2003 04:27 PM

YOU ALL WILL DIE IN BAGHDAD. BURIED ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE INFIDELS.
ALLAHHU AKABAR!!! ALLAHU AKBAR!!! LAA ILLAHA ILLALLAH MUHAMMADAN RASULLULAH !!!
WAKE UP AMERICA!!! YOUR THIRST FOR OIL IS DISCUSTING. WE MAY NOT LIKE SADDAM, BUT WHEN YOU INVADE A LEGITIMATE MOSLEM COUNTRY JUST FOR TAKING CONTROL OF THEIR OIL, THEN THE BROTHERHOOD OF MOSLEM AROUND THE WORLD WILL RISE UP AND FIGHT YOU BACK. YOU WILL SOMEDAYS WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT YOUR HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND SUPER WEAPON ARE NO MATCH WITH ALLAH. WE ARE ONLY DUST IN THIS UNIVERSE. WE DONT CARE WETHER WE LIVE OR DIE. WE LIVE TO SERVE ALLAH.
YOU ARE SO BLINDED WITH YOUR HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, PORNOGRAPHIC LUST, CAPITALISTIC GREED THAT YOU NO LONGER HAVE FEELINGS FOR THOSE BABBIES YOU'VE KILLED IN VIETNAM, THOSE INNOCNENT KIDS IN PALESTINE AND IRAQ. THE JEW SAID JUMP AND YOU ASK HOW HIGH.
I PRAY TO ALLAH THAT EVERY AMERICAN/BRITISH MAN AND WOMAN WILL FIND THEIR GRAVE IN BAGHDAD
I WILL ALSO DO MY BEST TO GET RID OF ALL AMERICAN IN MY HOME COUNTRY.
GO AHEAD TRACE MY IP ADDRESS. YOUR AMERICAN LAW CANT TOUCH ME HERE. IM NOT AFFRAID OF YOUR C.I.A. THEYRE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF SNAKES. THEY THE ONE WHO DID 911
YOU WANT ME? COME AND GET ME HERE. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MY COUNTRY TO BE IN A WAR WITH THIS EVIL EMPIRE.
ALLAHHU AKABAR!!! ALLAHU AKBAR!!! LAA ILLAHA ILLALLAH MUHAMMADAN RASULLULAH !!! DEATH TO THE AMERICAN!!! DEATH TO THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN EMPIRE !!!
YOU WILL DIE , THE MUJAHIDIN WILL SLIT YOUR THROAT!!! INSYA-ALLLAH

Posted by: syuhada on March 30, 2003 05:52 PM

Will,

Just found your site! Wonderful stuff! Wanted you to know that I have a 13 month old daughter and saw what that SOB Saddam did to the kurd children. Go in and kick some ass for those children who could not defend themselves!! If we don't who will?

Praying for your safe return and all those who are serving with you!

Valari

Posted by: Valari on March 30, 2003 07:58 PM

hey WILL! I chanced upon your site from somewhere. just wanted to say I totally love your blog and your outlook in life (it being wartime and all). It's a great thing that you guys are doing, fighting for a freedom that isn't even yours ... ;) I'll be checking back again sometime soon. Take care.

Posted by: Grace on March 30, 2003 08:00 PM

Hey Will

Were all proud of our troops here in
New York City, Kick some nasty fuckin ass
of all our friends and families who were
touched by the events of Sept 11, 2001.
GOD BLESS THE US SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, HEROS FOR ALWAYS, STAY WELL
BE SAFE AND INFLICK PUNISHMENT THE
STARS AND STRIPE WAY.

Posted by: Ken on March 30, 2003 09:24 PM

Hey there Will,

I want to say first of all that you are all in my heart and prayers, every one in the coalition. Many over here worry so much about you all over there and it helps to hear such a good attitude considering everything. It does help a to know that you are keeping your spirits up. And of course we over here support you and pray everyday for safe returns.
I hope so bad that this is going on for the right reasons and that everything turns out. Some of those wackos over there don't understand that we are over there to free their people from a life of torture and fear and to free them from a man who cares nothing about their lives and does not value it at all like we do.
KICK ASS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Morgan on March 30, 2003 09:35 PM

I have read your posts and I think you are absolutely fabulous!! I have gone through your entries and then I went through the comments... if you are following them, please only go through those positive ones and pay no attention to those others... what you are doing is right and just and just keep believing in that... I believe in you, all of you, and I know I can say that for the majority... you are the one protecting and defending... and I have not seen any protester say or do that... I don't see any of them standing up for what they believe is right and putting their lives on the line every day like you are doing... May God be with you--HERO, TRUE AMERICAN HERO--and with all those that are with you, may He guide you in every step and action you make. Please know we are behind you and will welcome you home when your job is done and the good people are free from the evil rule over Iraq. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO US ALL!

Posted by: Tracey on March 30, 2003 10:02 PM

Hey, Will-
It is so great to read your journal. You have a great talent for entertaining people with your words.
Take care of yourself - we think of you everyday and look for you when they show your fellow comrades on TV - would like to get a glimpse of you.
Hope everything is over soon and you come home with your humor intact. Thank you for what you are doing and the sacrifices you are making.

Posted by: Roger & Jo on March 30, 2003 10:09 PM

HOLA ME ALEGRA SABER QUE TODO ESTA BIEN CON USTEDES Y QUE DIOS LOS ESTE CUIDANDO. LES APOYO Y QUE DIOS LOS PROTEJA

Posted by: sergio on March 30, 2003 11:09 PM

SOY UN LATINO QUE ESCRIBE DESDE NICARAGUA AUNQUE NO TE CONOSCO PERO SE ESTAS MUY SEGURO DE LO QUE HACES, ME HUBIESE GUSTA ESTAR CON USTEDES DEFENDIENDO A TU PAIS, ESO SERIA UN HONOR PARA MI.

ES BUENO LO QUE TU HACES.

DIOS BENDIGA AMERICA

Posted by: SERGIO on March 30, 2003 11:13 PM

I'm rooting for ya (and all the other troops) all the way. Take good care of yourself out there and, as you can see, there are a LOT of people that hold ya in their thoughts. By the way, you're amongst *friends* here..so you can admit to creating those quotes. *wink wink*
.........cOOkie

Posted by: cOOkie on March 30, 2003 11:46 PM

Hey Will,
I just happened to stumble across your journal and really enjoyed reading it...you sure have a way with words! I'm 18 (almost 19...my birthday's in April too, on the 11th) and I'm a college student in Texas. Just wanted to say thank you for what you're doing for me and everyone else back here stateside. I'll be praying for you and your guys...y'all come home safe, "without any new holes!"

Posted by: Amy on March 31, 2003 12:05 AM

That entry was quite amusing. I can only imagine that life over there is every bit of crazy. I wish you the best of luck!

Posted by: laura on March 31, 2003 12:43 AM

Dear Will,
first off let me thank for helping me see things from a different perspective. As a new wife to a millitary member ( got married on the 25th of march), all the happenings and his "excitement about going", seemed very strange and frightening to me. Reading your post's helped me understand, what he is going trough a bit better, since I am trying to be supportive toward him, and not to worry him with my own fears, of him getting deployed.
I can not thank you enough for the message you are sending to people all around the world. It is kinda funny that you encourage us, when it should be the other way around.
Thank you and your comrades soo much for keeping us all safe and secure a bright future for our children.
Be safe, and I wish you all well. Come home soon.

Huggs Nicole

Posted by: Nicole on March 31, 2003 06:25 AM

From Italy.
God Bless and Protect you!

Posted by: miki on March 31, 2003 06:44 AM

forza e coraggio amico , e speriamo che finisca presto tutto questo , perchè la guerra non può portare a niente se non al dolore e all"odio. bye , marco . italy

Posted by: marco on March 31, 2003 07:33 AM

Hi Will!

Thanks for the witty updates. With all of the mass media reports out there, your notes keep me attached to reality.

I'm neither for or against the 'war'. I don't know if war is the best way to remove him, but I have faith and confidence in President Bush and his advisors to do what needs to be done. I hear the anti-war protesters and they make me sick. Do they think that they know better than our leaders?

I know that I am against Saddam and what he is. And I also know that I am completely for the American and British soldiers doing what they do best. You have my complete support, my prayers and best wishes.

Be safe and come home soon.

malena

Posted by: malena on March 31, 2003 09:44 AM

Hi Will,

Thanks so much for your updates. You have brought me laughs and tears. I've always been told a balance in life is neccessary, now i know its true! You stay safe, keep an eye on your men and we are praying for your safe return and soon!!
God Speed
Lots of Hugs and may you have a Angel on your shoulder always.

Karen

Posted by: Karen on March 31, 2003 10:03 AM

Will,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for placing yourself in harms way to fight for freedom. I have been reading your posts with fascination and admiration. Please continue with your writing...it adds a refreshing perspective to the media frenzy out there. Although I do not personally know any servicemen, I fully support the troops, and what they are doing for us, as well as the Iraqi people. My prayers are with you as you continue your work there, and godspeed for a safe return to your family.

Posted by: Elle on March 31, 2003 10:03 AM

Wil...thank you so much for taking the time to share your amazing (knee slapp'in, total crack up) great stories. I am writing from Chicago and hope you make it to Chi-town upon your return some time...I would love to buy you a beer and hear more of your stories. Although, I fear I'll have to get in line, it is obvoius you are much loved. What a wonderful thing...

Take care, people you can't imagine are praying for you and the guys next to you every second of the day...find comfort in that. Your family must be very proud.

Sincerely a new friend, Isa

Posted by: Isa on March 31, 2003 10:59 AM

Dear Will,
I wish that you be ok...
Take care...
Kiss in your heart,
San

Posted by: Sandra on March 31, 2003 03:20 PM

America truly is the Land of the Free


AND


The home of the Brave


Hurry back now, ya here?...

Posted by: Bitspeed on March 31, 2003 03:42 PM

Hola Will! Im a girl, 35 years old and live alone with my daughter in a calm City of Switzerland. If you have any companion that since I am pretty ;-) and this single (too), give him please, my address, so when the war ends i will to know him. My English is very bad and i have translated in the WWW. Im from Spain, and speak German, Italian and Spanish.
Be strong! I admire You!

agua

Posted by: Agua on March 31, 2003 05:38 PM

Will,
Wow - so what's it feel like to finally be popular? You rock buddy!
Card may or may not be on its way - it was kick ass and mailed from DC but with the mis-information from the Army (see bad address) who knows where it is.
Am working on the next one so rest assured snail mail is on the way to save the day!! (I'm singing the Mighty Mouse song now).
Doubt you are getting to read these but makes me feel better just writing the words. Sally is back from Australia and we need to go drink some Foster's (for you Aussies, you should export some of the better beers to us - VB? Toohey's? XXXX?) and trade stories.
Otherwise, weather is great, I'm winning my bball pool and off to CA in a few weeks.
Have fun stormin' the castle!

Posted by: Shell on March 31, 2003 09:23 PM

Will, You rock my friend! I'm sure you are a little busy over there, and probably don't have time to catch up on your fan mail often, but I would like to join the list of proud Americans ready to buy you a beer upon your return!! You and all your fellow soldiers are in my prayers, big hugs...
Becky

Posted by: Rebekah on March 31, 2003 09:52 PM

TAPS

We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and sually tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harris's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow
strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier
who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate
soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.
Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was
actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern
and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son.
The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without
telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of
his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. T he Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" ... used at military
funerals was born. The words are ..

Day is done ... Gone the sun ... From
the lakes ... From the hills ... From the sky .. All is well ... Safely rest .... God
is nigh ... Fading light ... Dims the sight ... And a star ... Gems the sky ... Gleaming bright ... From afar .. Drawing nigh ... Falls the night ...Thanks and praise ... For our days .. Neath the sun .... Neath the stars
... Neath the sky ... As we go ... This we know ... God is nigh...

I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now have
an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND HARMED WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY DURING THIS TOUGH WARWE ARE NOW FIGHTING..
And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces.
Please send this on after a short prayer. A Prayer wheel for our soldiers... please
don't break it.

GOD BLESS THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY WE LIVE IN....

Prayers, thoughts, hugs and kisses,
Renee'

Posted by: RENEE' on April 1, 2003 01:06 AM

WILL YOUR WRITTING IS GREAT, I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD BE WRITING BOOKS, AND NOT INVADING FOREING COUNTRIES, I HOPE YOU ALL GET YOUR FUCKING ASS KICKED, AND LOSS AS MANY SOLDIERS AS POSIBLE 'CAUSE YOU DESERVE IT MOTHERFUCKERS!!!

FUCK YOU ALL

Posted by: COLOMBIAN FREAK on April 1, 2003 01:37 AM

Will,

I enjoyed reading your journal. I know I'll be back to read some more. You and the rest of our Troops are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and keep you safe.

Posted by: Dana on April 1, 2003 01:38 AM

Hi Will,
I didn't mean to open your sight but somehow found myself reading your journal whilst looking through the LA times.
I live in Italy & the coverage is crap here, and so I always look on the internet.
I can't even imagine what you guys are all going through but your journal puts a different light on things.
I support you all fully and hope you seriously kick some arse.
Take care of yourselves and keep the writing up!

Posted by: Kelli on April 1, 2003 02:52 AM

God bless you, and all service men and women over there. Your site is great, and I am passing it on. Stay safe and KICK ASS.
We LOVE YOU ALL.(believe it or not, even most of San Francisco).

Thank you, Take Care, and come home safe.
EZ

Posted by: EricZ on April 1, 2003 09:46 PM

Hey Will! Glad to see your latest post! I've been checking every day in hopes that you'd have a spare second to write again. Just to let you know, it's getting very hard to find ANY type of yellow ribbon here in Western Montana. The only one I can find here says ''caution'' on it. I dont want my house to look like a crime scene!LOL We've resorted to using yellow electricians tape to make ribbons for our name tags at work. I hear that no ribbon is available in either Missoula or Kalispell, and they're big towns! Please hurry home to us ok?
Praying for all of you each and every night!!!
Dianne

Posted by: Dianne on April 2, 2003 09:29 PM

my heart goes out to you,i hope that this year, will be filled of all you wish 4. i totally respect u all every day ur in my thoughts good on ya mate meat pie when you come home stand strong n proud aussie aussie aussie oink oink oink im single hope il be lucky to get one of my proud australian to go walzing matilda with me im breathless of the thought eny bomber supporters there take care love u all debbie

Posted by: solutude2000 on January 1, 2004 12:06 PM

God Bless You and all the troops over there . You guys are doing such a great job.
Thank You From TEXAS.!

Posted by: RAM on January 3, 2004 10:45 PM

in few words, I HATE BUSH AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM

these people think they are superior race, as well as Hitler, THE dear George W Bush it can feel very badly in the earth or in another dimension
I am Brazilian and I am proud of my country for not entering with savageries north American as that, you Americans should embarrass if than Bush does with your names
Wake up, USA
be not intolerant, your Nazi, racists, Hitler still lives in you
maybe is a curse that he threw on you
hehehe
just wake up, yours motherfuc*&^%

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