August 8, 2005

Gunner Palace

Posted in War on Terror at 4:36 am by David Gould

A group of US army soldiers live in Uday’s palace, complete with swimming pool, collapsed ceiling and piles of rubble. Nearly all male, aged 19-28ish, some black, some white and several talented poets, musicians and comedians. More than even with celluloid heroes of the ‘Nam, you feel a great cameraderie with these people.

Most of them seem to like it there, although of course there are bad days. Not all of them will make it out alive.

The vast majority of Iraqis seem glad they’re there. Obviously, a few are busy firing mortars and RPGs at the palace. And around the Mosques, they don’t seem too friendly.

‘You haven’t got a hope of understanding what it’s like out here’ the soldiers say. This film helps and is certainly entertaining, but I suspect you actually have to be shot at to really understand them.

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