Where The Media Fails, Milbloggers Succeed
Overall, I believe Qayyarah is typical of many smaller Iraqi towns. There are more supplies available (i.e. cell phones, internet, clothing, and even foodstuffs). The people are happier now knowing that even though they have to deal with terrorists who want to see their country fall apart they are no longer subject to the rule of an evil tyrant. They are free now to make their own choices and chart their own path in life.
I have spent a good amount of time with Qayyarah residents, and I am quite certain that if America only knew more stories of towns like theirs, the picture that many people across the world have of Iraq right now would change. The smaller changes in Iraq like those that have taken place in Qayyarah are not always deemed "newsworthy" by the media but are of immense importance
Where the media fails, milbloggers, like Tim Boggs, succeed.
Read Qayyarah, Tim Bogg's latest dispatch written for FrontLine Forum