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The ultimate in military training environments

BWJones (18351) writes | more than 4 years ago

User Journal 5

I had checked out... The environment was so complete that for a discrete moment I had completely forgotten that we were still in the continental United States. Perhaps it was the smell of kebabs cooking or the sound of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan playing from the electronics shop that also sold pirated Western DVDs or the afternoon call to prayer coming from the tops of the minarets in the local mosque. It could have been the women selling bread, fruits or flowers by the side of the road or the Ara

I had checked out... The environment was so complete that for a discrete moment I had completely forgotten that we were still in the continental United States. Perhaps it was the smell of kebabs cooking or the sound of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan playing from the electronics shop that also sold pirated Western DVDs or the afternoon call to prayer coming from the tops of the minarets in the local mosque. It could have been the women selling bread, fruits or flowers by the side of the road or the Arabic men playing backgammon in the cafe with shisha pipes. Toyota trucks or bicycles being repaired in the roadside repair shops under Iraqi flags added to the realism along with a tangle of wires on poles carrying telephone and electricity around town with satellite dishes for television on rooftops were added elements. But the thing that completed it was the sound of Baghdadi Arabic from a gentleman greeting us as we drove through town.

Read all about it here. Medina Wasl with the 3rd Special Forces Group

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Kill People, Steal their Gas and Minerals (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31299460)

Say you are "defending" your "national interests".

Like the thief - who views your television set as their livelihood.

Military force is gangsterism. Privatization is theft. Globalism is extortion.

Off topic... (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 4 years ago | (#31321958)

Off topic, but seeing your JE here has reminded me to let you know that I'll be in Utah next week... we ought to try and meet up again :-)

Re:Off topic... (1)

BWJones (18351) | more than 4 years ago | (#31323836)

Oh HEY! Right on. What's your schedule?

Re:Off topic... (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 4 years ago | (#31361048)

My schedule is "watch this space" - I'm travellng standby *first class* :-) At the moment it's more likely I'll be in Utah the week following next due to loadings... I'll drop you an email when I have concrete plans.

Re:Off topic... (1)

BWJones (18351) | more than 4 years ago | (#31361188)

Cool. I'll look forward to it.

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