WARNING SENT TO ME
I know how you don't like it when people suggest you shouldn't go
somewhere because it's dangerous and they're afraid. And what I'm going to say
to you here does'nt come close to suggesting such a thing either... but I do
think there is a warning I have to share w/ you. Hope that's ok.
I heard a man in Baghdad from Time magazine. He sounds like one of
those crazy reporters who imbeds themself w/ the resistance fighters. He
says he's heard from Fedayeen fighters from west of Baghdad that the bombing
at the UN was executed by an internal Islamist front (not necessarily
Anwar Al- Islam). He also said he heard (im not sure what "heard" translates
into e.g. rumor or fact) from Kurdish intelligence (Mosul, Kirkuk region) of
a specific threat of another bomb attack in a specific area of Baghdad,
specifically, the area of aid agencies and government type
establishments. It's also been reported that the truck used in the UN attack was
standard Soviet, military, Iraqi army issue. These trucks can be located at any
Iraqi military facility in Iraq. And if I recall correctly the war
coverage I watched for 3 weeks, these bases are everywhere. The whole F'n
country is a weapons depot.
So, Andy....I know you're going to Baghdad, and I know you're a smart,
common sense, seasoned traveler. I know you'll go there and be fine.
But I have had this feeling the attacks in Iraq are going to intensify for
some time now. I've just been waiting, actually. and when I heard this
reporter guy from the Times live on the news it only confirmed my suspicions. I
just want to share with you this "feeling" I have about the situation in
Iraq right now, and to raise raise the following concerns such as...if
you've seen and can recognize what an iraqi military army trucks looks like
start looking around for the nearest barrier you can put between it and you
at any moment. I know, it sounds silly. and come to think of it,
adventurous. just do as you always do being aware of your surroundings.
Also...the Kurds know a LOT! and they've provided a lot of
intelligence before, during and after the war (major combat) let's seee..the Saddam
boys were taken out in Kurd country, they've provided intelligence that lead
to the capture of many of the high ranking Iraq officials from the deck of
55 (is that the number? i thought there were 52 cards in a deck) plus,
special forces have been embedded up there in Kurd country since gulf war I.
So you know, they know a lot. Information is power. My point is, don't let
your guard down to much up there in Kurd country. Information is power.
Have you ever heard it said, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you."
on another point...you're perfectly positioned to have soem great
adventure :-) ...you could embed yourself with either group, the
counterintelligence operations coming out of the north or the resistance fighters (possible
profile: the ones who look evil, dont smile, the angry ones who stare
at you intently) and fight out lots of information....maybe you can do a piece
on your blog where you post iraqi's opinions, knowledge or perception of
where saddam is or what role he's playing in the attacks in the country.
wanna play w/ the CIA???? :-) we could have fuunn! if you did this, they'd
definitely watch you. mebbe not such a good idea.
I ask all the time about Saddam. They do not know anything
and would turn him in if they did. There is an obvious Islamic
movement in the North here.
I posted this now, and because there is Peter and JJ in the country and
who knows else.