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First person: The road to June 30

I'm working on a travel plan -- putting me in Baghdad -- that allows me to witness the June 30th US hand-over of sovereignty in Iraq. Best case scenario puts me there during the six week period up to June 30.

So, here's my question to you:

During the time that I'm there, what would you like to learn from this blog?

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I'll keep pondering this because it's a big question, not easily answered with a quick response after a first-reading.

I'd like to know more than the deaths of the military personnel and the fights. I'd like to know what life is like for an Iraqi right now. Do they fear the Americans? Are there shortages of food and other necessities? Do people feel secure? What do they really think about the American occupation? What do they envision for their future? Do they think America will leave as the government hollowly promises? What good things are we doing over there? What are all of the contractors doing? What is it like to be an American contractor there? How can the average American help Iraq and its people? What about international troops?

I don't follow the news on Iraq closely. It's actually been a few weeks since I've listened to National Public Radio or the BBC World Service, my primary sources of news. I don't read blogs about Iraq (other than Camp Lancer News). Maybe some of these questions are being answered or addressed well elsewhere, so maybe there isn't a need for you to repeat the work others are doing.

Posted by: j | Apr 18, 2004 9:53:35 PM

As this time grows closer, I'm more worried about your plans to travel to Iraq. Your blog is one of the first places I visit each day. Your well rounded discussions are always a pleasure to read or at least very insightful. What do you expect to find in Iraq that we don't know about? I ask because with the occurrances of violence there, I just worry about your safety. I do read this blog for SSG words, but also yours, so what are you up to this week? Thank you for not hitting the delete button on me a few times. You must be a man of patience. Sincere Regards..

Posted by: Sgt Mikes Mom | May 14, 2004 2:43:55 PM