This is a post relating to Operation: Iraqi Freedom (I refrain from saying the Iraq War, because Congress has not yet declared war on Iraq, and hasn't declared war in years). There are media broadcasts going around, on many websites like google video and youtube, that showcase a sniper working for the Iraqi Insurgent groups calling himself 'Juba'. It is estimated (and keep in mind this figure comes from 20th century news media, and may be flawed) that he is responsible for the death/wounding of 100 US Soldiers. The videos show that he is a practiced marksman, and capable of accurate fire at a distance. I have watched several videos of him now, and have seen comments written exclaiming that he is a "hero", an "impressive marksman", a "coward", a "dog", and many other colorful bits of commentary. To me, this man is not a coward, but a man who is fighting for his country. Part of me says to put myself in his position- another country has come into my own and I feel I have been encroached upon by my enemy- what do I do? - - - - The answer is simple: Pick up my rifle and kill as many of them as I can. The second part of me is angry. Watching those videos has stirred deep into my soul, and opened a vein of pure, seething, venomous, unadulterated hatred and ferocity that I would love to unleash upon this 'Juba' with nothing but my bare hands.
The most famous video of this sniper is when he is sitting in the back of a car, holding a Dragunov rifle, making a statement to President Bush- (rough translation) "In this gun I have nine bullets. I will kill nine US soldiers. I have a present for President Bush."
I will not post the videos of this sniper, for three reasons:
1) If you want to watch them, you may find them easily through any number of search engines.
2) They are. in a word, disturbing. Many people cannot handle the sight of death, and while I consider myself used to it (to a degree), I find myself taken aback by the sight of US Soldiers being killed. If you decide that you want to see the videos: I warn you that they are the reality of war, and nothing like what you see in Hollywood.
3) Relating to Hollywood is our News-Media. Shortly after watching the sniper videos, I saw a US journalist reporting on the "atrocities" committed by US Marines in Iraq. The show proceeded to show a video of six marines engaged in a firefight with several insurgents in the street. The insurgents lost, and one of the wounded was crawling away when a Marine stood up and fired his SAW--- killing the wounded man. The reporter called the insurgent a 'civilian', and (to quote her) was "shocked at such violence on the part of the US soldiers". Well if I had my way, I would tie this reporter to a chair and FORCE HER to watch the videos of US soldiers being killed. Then MAYBE she will sing a different tune. Our soldiers must feel as though no one is there to support them. The news, the government, and even some of the American people have turned their backs on them. Now people can only talk of what "terrible acts" are committed by US soldiers and are forgetting that they are over there in defense of our country and all inhabitants therein. I for one, say God bless them, and keep up the damn fine work.
I am overly enraged at this point in time, and will end my post here. I am praying for the US, British, and other Allied soldiers in Iraq, and that they are brought home safely. I also pray, that this 'Juba' is captured and imprisoned in a small cell in an undisclosed location with many unfriendly faces around him and---- in a way I can only describe as deeply agonizing---- killed.