I haven’t written anything for a bit, and I am not really sure why. I sit in front of this computer every day, tired or not, and look at the blank pages and try to think of something, but nothing comes. Nothing strikes me as interesting lately. The violence is escalating again, I am sick of talking about it. Yesterday, 10 people were killed as they drove back from a funeral. A suicide bomber kills himself, and a bunch of others outside the Green Zone. Militia members set up fake check points, where they pulled people out of their cars and shot them on the streets.
I don’t understand these people any more. I used to think the average Iraqi citizen wants peace and prosperity, but now I am not so sure. I don’t believe there is any such thing as the average Iraqi citizen. There are those with guns and those without the guns yet. Those without guns are killing people on the streets, while those without guns are using car bombs.
It’s amazing how normal the sounds of the fighting are to me. As we work with our Iraqi’s, there are bombs, and shots fired, yelling and screaming, and it all seems like a normal thing. I guess you can get used to just about anything if you are around it long enough.
I think even the American press is getting a little tired of Iraq. I noticed on MSNBC, that there was no cover story on page 1 about the fighting. I found that interesting, because there is usually something posted. I actually had to dig to find it. CNN was the same thing. Same thing with Fox news (no, I don’t read Fox news; I don’t believe anybody actually reads that, but I check it on occasion.) Nothing in the New York Times either. I suppose at some point people just stop caring about the whole thing, but I don’t think that time is now. Maybe it’s just a slow day for killing.