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Melantrys’ Page » Iraq

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Jill Carroll is free!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

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Yes, I know it’s almost old news by now, but I only heard about it on my way home from work now.

For those who don’t know, Jill is an American journalist who had been kidnapped almost four months ago in Iraq.

I don’t know Jill, and I don’t even know Treasure of Baghdad or 24 Steps to Liberty, who often worked with her and are her friends, but I regularly read their blogs, and, well, if you do that, you start to care… I am so very happy to know she was let go today.

*smiles widely at readers*

Random babbling

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

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Winter can come now (although I’d prefer it to stay away, thank you very much); I changed the car’s tires. Well, they predicted snow, so we figured it might be wise to be prepared.

To survive the cold of winter I bought the ingredients needed for brewing up some gløgg / glögg. Don’t think I’ll do it this weekend already though, but I wanted to be prepared here as well. Thank you Susie for sending the spices and the recipe. Oh, and if this Danish brew sucks I’ll give you a ding around the ear next time we meet! ;)

On a more serious note - I followed a link from somewhere to a US soldier’s blog which I found rather disturbing. Both the fact that the half-Iraqi person linking to it seemed to find the author concentrating on tanks and guns the only thing that people might have problems with and what the soldier writes about when not describing tanks, guns or tasteless pranks amongst the soldiers.
Out of piety and respect he does not describe how fellow soldiers come to their death on their mission in Iraq. The same courtesy is not extended to dead Iraqis though. I read some very sick descriptions of soldiers having fun looking at a mutilated corpse and a soldier jumping off a tank on a bet to originally turn a dead Iraqi over but - being ordered to stay clear of the corpse in case it was rigged up with explosives - settling for straddling and humping the corpse from a safe distance which all his fellow soldiers considered to be roaringly funny. Even if these dead Iraqis were indeed insurgents… dead people deserve a certain amount of respect. Allegedly civilized people should know this and live up to it.