Letters from Iraq

Sent by soldiers who served, or are serving, to Michael Moore; published in today’s Guardian. I’m sure Moore was selective in his choices of letters to publish, but it’s still depressing.

I know someone who had two members of the Reserve company he commands airlifted home due to injuries sustained during the first week of their tour, just last week. His company is tasked with psychological operations, “preparing the ground” prior to military incursions into neighbourhoods and towns. His company’s predecessors rotated out after a twelvemonth tour, with hardly a chance to meet any of his men. His team has to build up all of their field knowledge from scratch. A fine way to fight a war.

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