The war in Iraq has many complicated situations. Soldiers experience horrific scenes everyday. They have to make life or death decisions in an instant. Due to these circumstances there is a high rate of casualties in wartime, many of which are innocent civilians. Jason Christopher Hartley exercised his right to share his view of the war and many of his experiences in a blog. The Army forced him to take down.
Jason Christopher Hartley shares his stories and the stories of other soldiers in his platoon (“Just Another Soldier,” 2004, p.91). Some of which offer a glimpse into what it is really like for our soldiers in war. Not every story is pleasant as you can imagine, but they are real, in your face horrifying situations that are happening everyday we are at war. They offer us a look into how the drive to be violent precedes our purpose to be violent. Hartley was only in Iraq for five weeks when his posted this blog.
Convoy of fuel tankers and humvees were driving north of their forward operating base when they spotted what appeared to be an improvised explosive device (IED). It was broad daylight and they were taking in small arms fire. Two quick-reaction force (QRF) teams were called in to dispose of the IED. Insurgents started firing mortar rounds at the convoy. The QRF teams did their best with suppressive fire, trying to fight the insurgents.
A few of the quick reaction force team members noticed a white Toyota pickup truck speeding through the area. Most soldiers assumed that a fast moving vehicle was more than likely a terrorist when under attack. It was the common means of attack and escape. A completely plausible and reasonable possibility. Because the Quick Reaction
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Force is exactly what their name entitles; they fired shots at the Toyota pickup to bring it to a stop.
The truck contained six people. It appeared to be two families. There were two men in the cab, and two women huddled around two young girls in the...