Sunday, May 22, 2005

More pics you won't see on the news

I seemed to have found my blog niche. There are a lot of military blogs being published from the front lines and they all have the unique perspective of the individuals writing them. Some are simply day-to-day journals, others like Alexander the Average comtemplate the impact of American foreign policy and the idealogical war we are waging, and others like Michael Yon give gripping accounts of toe-to-toe slug fests with the insurgents that are both inspiring and painful.

My blog is none of these. I want to show you the real people of this country. Not the radicals and the criminals, but the every day people that are trying to live their lives and figure out how this is all going to pan out. The people of Iraq are no more like the cowardice insurgents you see on the news than you and I are like the people in Hollywood movies. I still have not reached a point where I easily trust any of them, but I occassionally see glimpses of their lives that reminds me that they are ordinary people...just like you and I. You can not allow your judgement of this nation and its people be shaped by what you see on the evening news. The main stream media (MSM) is only going to show you profitable news. News that shocks, grabs your attention, and drives ratings. They will never report the subtle victories that occur here everyday.

They won't show you people putting aside old prejudices and forging new friendships...

Nor will they show you people working to make a better future...

...or contemplating life just like you and I do.

They won't show you the laughter...
...nor the playfullness.

But I will.


Blogger Amy said...


This is all so amazing to me. For the most part, I try not to watch the news these days. Occasionally, as I flip through the chanels on TV, I catch a little of the news on Iraq. It is all so negative and all of the stories seem so hopeless. I realize that there are some pretty horrible things going on over there and frankly, as your wife, I prefer not to hear about them right now. Thank you so much for sharing some of the positive and hopeful news with us. It helps me understand why you are there and not here with us.

You, your troops, and your mission are in my prayers daily.

I love you,

3:09 PM  
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4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, Wonderful, Stupendice~!!!! Not sure If I spelled that last one right but I KNOW your my baghdaddy!!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there! sry i havent posted any thing on ur blog latley but ive been pretty busy with school, especially with finals comming up :P and i promise i will try to send u some pics of my graduation :) *yay* i read ur blog about the children and i thought it was really cool!well not a whole lot of stuff is goin' on but i gotta go to bed because ive got finals tomorrow. luv ya


6:08 PM  
Blogger Angel said...

Fantastic photo's John, Thanks for sharing them!!!!


7:20 PM  
Anonymous *Leachelle* said...

YOU ROCK BAGHDADDY!!! My husband is in the 3-112th AR. I'm proud to have men like yourself serving right along side of him. There is so much negativity shown on the tube and heard on the radio. It's great to see a little sunshine during this storm!!!

You guys & gals are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Be safe!
Lea Feuge

7:40 PM  
Blogger Lorilei said...

I'm always looking for positive stories about the Iraqis & our soldiers to include on my blog. I'll be sure to check your site in the future. Thanks for keeping up the positive attitude. Be sure to visit me for more positive news as I find them Never in Vain.

8:18 PM  
Blogger JulieB said...

*Thank you* so much for this. We need to know that life goes on there and that good things happen as well. When all you hear is bombing and bloodshed, after awhile you wonder if there is anything left.
There are a couple blogs that look for "Pictures of Hope" and I've handed your site on to them. I hope that you get tons of great links!!

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for sharing these pictures and well.... the other side of things.

It will help ppl to remember that these are ....Husbands ..Wives...Sons and Daughters and not everyone in Iraq is radical or bad.

I understand the trust issue.
I pray for everyone of you over there including my Hubby.

You all make us proud ;o)


2:08 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

Yes! Daily life, meetings with ordinary Iraqis, and extraordinary Iraqis. We and the world have been waiting for someone to do this.

6:54 PM  
Blogger jaibone said...

YES! Just what I believe... If you don't get a book deal out of this, you should.... I'm sending you link to Oprah... She's mighty powerful, and what you write, and show to the rest of us is more than valuable during this time.

Keep shaking hands, but I'll keep saying duck and cover Captain!


4:09 PM  
Blogger Lexie said...

You have found your niche, John. Keep it up.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Suzette said...

John, I've read so many of your writings on this blog and have never posted a comment before. I just want you to know that you and all the troops over there are always in my prayers as well as Aaron's prayers. Your outlook on things is very inspiring. Thanks for taking the time to share the way that you do.

Take Care,

Suzette Maners

7:30 AM  
Anonymous sue said...

you rock!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Steve Upperman said...

I love the web page. Nice Job

I will share this with your Grandma tonight.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Steve Upperman said...

I love the web page. Nice Job

I will share this with your Grandma tonight.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Miklos Fejer said...

Great photos and a great blog.

I'm a loyal reader now.

Keep it up, and be safe out there.

9:35 PM  

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