Why Military Blogs and Info Sharing are Important
Major K has an interesting post in his blog.
It is pronounced: ahr-HAH-bee. It is the Iraqi arabic word for terrorist. 2LT C. does not like it because "it just doesn't sing. I learned this word from our interpreters and use it often. I never use mujahedin or jihadi, because they imply a measure of respect due an actual warrior. After all, both of those terms mean "holy warrior." This distinction is also very important to the Iraqis. They have told me repeatedly that these guys are cowards who will not even stand and fight. They kill innocent people, and bomb indiscriminately. They have been their own worst enemy in the public relations department. Even though 2LT C. likes to refer to them using the A-word, (describing a posterior extremity) he would like to find something more catchy. I am content to us arhabi. It lets the locals know exactly who we are after, and what this really is about - not oil, not religion, but security and the hope for a better future.
That's a great bit of info. How the hell else would I have learned that without having military blogs to read?
I think most Americans would be surprised at the mental agility that it takes to be a soldier. I work in a job that can occasionaly be very high stress, but its nothing compared to the mental output that you have to sustain in war. I'm amazed that guys and gals like MAJ K have any brain cells left at the end of the day to take the time and share stuff like this with the rest of us. Thanks.