I'd like to say a special word of thanks to all the new friends of this blog, and for suffering through my un-PC diatribes. Blogging does provide a vent for me, and knowing someone is reading is no end of comforting and reassuring.
And I'd like to thank all the folks back home that support the troops. Your words of support, and letters, and care packages mean a great deal.
I'd also like to say a special word of thanks for all the families sacrificing back home with loved ones over here. I know its not easy. It is easily the biggest topic of conversation and concern over here amongst soldiers - The wives, kids and husbands making do on their own - and fighting and struggling and winning many battles.
Killing Saddam won't make a bit of difference to the over-all level of violence here, but I have at least one Iraqi friend that I met with today who says that it will. He says the Shia finally have the monkey off their back and will begin to relax. I disagree, because I think the problem's much larger than that. Much larger than even our policy-makers are ready to confront. And it has nothing to do with reconstruction, or tactical errors, or diplomatic stances, or feel-good gestures of good will and empathy. My New Year's Wish is that everyone acquaints themselves better with Islam.
All in due time.
In the meantime, I wish all of you a Happy New Year. May the New Year bring you new babies (Dirk), new cameras, new goodies, new joys, new highs, new strengths, new knowledge, and new resolution.
We just tripped midnight here! Hooah! Now you are in the past, and I am in the future! Hey, 2007! How ya doin'? 2007 looks interesting . . . - and you look so . . . anachronistic.
(These are times of great portent we are living through). 2007 looks to be no different. Farewell Milton Friedman, Orianna Fallaci, Gerald Ford. Good Riddance Saddam, Zarqawi, Castro.
Oops. (not yet? - maybe next post.)