Dr. Bohlen's Blog: May 3-4, 2010 - "The British Consulate"
Last evening the group of doctors, which is about 4 of us, Beethead, the colonel, and the male nurse named Gary were invited to the British Consulate. I am not sure whether I am suppose to capitalize that or not but I'm sure I will get messages about that later from all those grammer people. Grammer is so overrated. I am missplelling gramer on purpose to make you knuts. Here is the background for the the next saga of SANDS of TIME. The British were here to start the war. Iraq was broken up into areas and the only area that the British had to worry about was Basrah. Felt to be the safest and the easiest place b/c of the shii people. I know I didn't spell that right but don't care. That is b/c Sadam was a sunni and they basically hate each other. So muslim of each other. Thats not racist or mean just plain obvious. Well when we liberated Iraq from Sadam they were thinking that was great b/c i guess he tortured and killed a lot of people down here. The whole thing was easy at first but I am not sure why but it got ugly here with the British. They were fighting with them all the time. I guess Britian has some history here b/c Basrah used to be a vacation paradise until Sadam came and laid waste to this area. I guess a lot of British people came her to have a spot of tea. I think that may have led to some bad feeling. Some mistakes were made and I am sure that the insurgent group infiltrated the area and just stirred it all up for the hell of it. This was completely their base. I remember them having a big battle here with the locals and i think a lot of soldiers lost there lives and that turned the public opinion away from the war in Britian. They pulled out fairly quickly and we took over. The place where our tent hospital is, is where there hospital was place. The basic outline was the same and we used it. The floors are this kind of plasticity, cement type stuff. At the worst they were shooting 100 rockets a day into this compound b/c the city is just to the east of us. They just fired them in. The soldiers had to walk around with full uniforms and kevlar outfits at all times. They slept in the same basic areas but in those areas they slept under cement blocks with a roof made up of a kevlar slab. I guess it was horrible. Obviously things are a lot better around here and there is no conflict. The word is Basrah is still pretty desolate b/c of all the fighting but has like a million people in it. The rocket attack they we had is what people around here think are retaliation activity b/c there will always be an element of these guys who want to try to kill Americans. Won't ever stop them. So the consulate is what is left of the British presence. The purpose now in this region is to tap the largest oil field in the world in southern Iraq. The consulate is a staging place for BP and Shell to live and work from for the next big oil dig. They think they will have around 30,000 people in this area. This base is going to be a large American and British embassy/consulate facility. So thats the background
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