Before I explain what in the hell I was doing watching cartoons in a war zone, I should probably explain something first.
For those of you who don’t know, or simply haven’t been paying attention, the primary element that makes Army Special Forces (aka Green Berets) different from the rest of the SOF world is our ability to make friends and build armies from those friends. If you didn’t know that, don’t worry! The average civilian typically thinks a ‘Green Beret’ is some lesser known Prince song that was on the top 40 list in the 80′s.
Anyway, back to my original point – so there I am in Iraq hanging out in our Iraqi Army Scouts team house watching T.V. and drinking some chai. The Iraqi Army Scouts were roughly equivalent to our Rangers. This equivalence is in structure, not ability, though we trusted their abilities enough for them to go into houses with us and operate alongside us. We even trusted their loyalty to a great degree, though there were always elements of operational security we kept to ourselves. Good guys for sure. I truly enjoyed spending time with them and even earned/shared the title of “brother” with a few of them.
Normally when we all sat around together, drinking chai and smoking flavored tobacco from a hookah, the television was just background noise for me. I would try to pick up as many words as I could, or get whatever I could from the context and occasionally ask our interpreter some questions about what was being said.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zN2-sre1pg that's my fav cartoon from time, when i was young :-)
Tom and Jerry = Army SOF future SOP's? Yea I can see that! Great Story Blake. Thanks
That's delightful, Blake. And an important reminder that sometimes bonding with other human beings has nothing to do with language. I am also glad to hear something good about the Iraqi soldiers that you served with. You hear so much bad about them, and frankly, there is a lot of bad to tell. But you had some that were well worth knowing and that makes a difference. Thank you.
ColonelProp Oh yeah, I remember that! :) But where I lived it was on in the afternoon every weekday & I'd watch it when I came home from school.
OK - always up for a geekfest...Loved Bugs Bunny, Wily Coyote, Marvin the Martian but...my absolute favorite was Battle of the Planets....Early anime in the US, used to get up at 0430 on Saturdays to watch before running around all day like a hamster on crack.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkxOIfr50Dg&feature=youtube_gdata_player