Army Nurses Face Biggest Battle Of Their Lives In Baghdad - page 2
from nursing spectrum, military edition army nurses face biggest battle of their lives in baghdad military nursing edition (4/15/04) army nurse lt. col. thomas yarber thought he had prepared... Read More
May 15, '04Karen, thanks for posting these links. Several people from my unit are deployed in Iraq right now. I've just learned that my unit is on a short list for deployment.
We don't want to leave our families for a combat zone, but it's our job. We knew that this would happen at some time when we signed on the dotted line. When orders do come through, we'll do what we need to do.
I can tell you that morale in my unit is high. We're well trained, and hopefully ready. I've not heard any complaints about the fact that we're going to be called up. The attitude is positive, and professional. We have the best people in the best Army in the world. We can be proud of our soldiers.
The Mellow One
May 15, '04The America of a certain Marine, who wrote a letter to his Dad about all of this. Here's a bit of a quote:
What do we do? I can only imagine this is what people must be asking. I can only share what the Marines here believe. We stand and fight. We honestly and absolutely accept responsibility and do our best through out actions to convince the world that those acts were conducted by criminals and are not indicative of our values or intentions. We continue to go on patrol and do our best to kill the terrorists and protect the people. We stay tolerant one second longer. We adjust to a very fluid environment and stay faithful to our values. We live up to what the American people expect of United States Marines and we maintain high expectations of the American people. We share our courage with both the Iraqi people and even our neighbors, fight like hell when the situation dictates and maintain our humanity through it all.
It may sound very glossy to many people but there is the luxury of focus here. No angst sitting in a Starbucks listening to some idiot opine about something which he knows very little or having to suffer through campaign ads that try to make hay out of America's stumbles.
People need to have faith that the young man throwing grenades two weeks ago and who was ordered to stop has not lost faith and still believes what he is doing is right. Whenever I am blessed enough to take a second and recognize "that guy" it shores up my personal weakness and makes my situation seem trivial.
For what it is worth, even though the Marines constantly ask the media guys here if "the American people still support us...?" Like anyone else, he wants to be reassured but he clearly expects the answer to be "yes." My take is that it is easy to support service members but it takes conviction to support the continued liberation of the Iraqi people and the pursuit of terrorists around the world - especially on the dark days.
May 15, '04Quote from nightmovesExcellent post !God bless all of our brothers and sisters over there, and may the Creator keep their bodies, souls and spirits in His loving care.
--from an old Army nurse who still remembers and grieves.
May 16, '04Quote from MellowOneMy question, Mellow, is how many of those we are treating in hospitals over there were hit by our own weapons? How many were injured in the turmoil that followed the anarchy we created?Not cool, bukko. Karen posted some links to some wonderful stories about valiant nurses doing what they can in heart-wrenching, horrible situations. You turn it around as a slam against evil America.
Care to guess how many Iraqis are being treated by U.S. Military medical personnel? Care to guess how many hospitals are being upgraded, repaired, and stocked? Care to guess how many would have died under Hussein in a similar period if we had not intervened?
As for the number that would have died if Saddam were still in power this is my take -- WE would not be doing the killing. HE would. The moral stain would not be on our soul. I wonder what the violent death number is today versus a typical day under Saddam. Are more people getting killed from shoot-outs, robberies and other unrest now than were killed by Saddam's henchmen?
If you go over there, I hope you keep an open enough mind to ask yourself "Is all this doing any good? Is my medical unit just putting bandages on a horrific mess that Bush & Co. has created?" Remember that liberals like me support the men and women like you who do the work. We do not support the incompetent chickenhawks who made the mistakes and keep making them.
May 16, '04Quote from bukkoI asked that political discussions about the war take place in a different thread. Threads here have a tendency to get way off of the original topic. This thread started as a salute to our fellow nurses who are dealing with the war in the first person. I'd like to keep this thread in that same vein, and as such won't respond to your post. You and I have already debated the war in other threads.My question, Mellow, is how many of those we are treating in hospitals over there were hit by our own weapons? How many were injured in the turmoil that followed the anarchy we created?
If anyone knows nurses in Iraq or know stories of nurses serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, this would be the place to post them. God bless our nurse soldiers and keep them safe.
The Mellow One