Michael's Dispatches

There is a Right, and a Wrong

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rich20050502_mosul-car-bomb-and-next-day-in-neighborhood-327Mark Bieger with Farah

04 April 2011

In war, the closer you get to blood, the closer you get to truth.  One day in Iraq there was a car bomb. It was like any other day at that time.  Several American Soldiers were wounded.

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In addition to hitting American Soldiers, this bomb hit children.  Their parents, instead of hiding away with their children, collected them and rushed frantically screaming and wailing to the American Soldiers.  There were flames and smoke and the crackling of fire and the smell of fuel and flesh.  More children were brought to the Soldiers.  One little girl named Farah was badly wounded.  Several Soldiers huddled around Farah treating her, and then Major Mark Bieger wrapped Farah in a blanket to get her to a hospital.

20050502_mosul-car-bomb-and-next-day-in-neighborhood-357For Farah it was over before it began

The Soldiers loaded Farah into a fighting vehicle and rushed her away but she died.  This was one day of many like it.  On the scale of the war, it was small: only three people killed if you include the attacker.

The Iraq war is over for the people who were never in it, but it will never be over for those who were.  Of these experiences, little will remain other than the marble stones, the wounds, and the stories, most of which will go untold and will disappear nearly as quickly as they were lived.  Our people are coming home.

Little Girl

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    Adam · 10 years ago
    Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement . I'm leaving the army, moving to South America, and getting on with my life... New chapter.
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    Scott Dudley · 10 years ago
    [quote name="MyonWebMaster"]Thanks for the feedback. Let me see if i can darken it a little more.

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    WM[/quote]

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    I am now wrestling with the security code!
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    Bob · 10 years ago
    I just wanted to say thank you to Michael and all who have become a part of this community. It gives great encouragement to know that there are people out there that would rather know the truth and deal with it head on than to hide their heads in the political sands. You all are what makes America the great country that it is. And to my fellow veterans, thank you for standing on the vanguard of freedom. God Bless and keep you until His return.
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    Tom Reid · 10 years ago
    Folks ought to make it easy for you to find help if you need it. Just to be sure, here are two TRICARE resource links. There's no shame in getting help to bear the load you've been carrying for all of us.

    Mental Health and Behavior Resources - http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/MentalHealthAndBehavior/Resources

    Getting Care - http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/MentalHealthAndBehavior/GettingHelp
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    Leanne · 10 years ago
    That picture has haunted me ever since I first saw it. It is one I will never forget.
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    d.beebe@charter.net · 10 years ago
    [quote name="Adam"]I've been going to therapy for while now... As a matter of fact, after 17 years of service I'm getting the medical boot out the door. You and I have spoke before.. CSM Prosser talk to you about me. I was in Baqubah for Arrowhead ripper too. My army days are coming to and end andvi dont know what I'm going to do. I have to say... That year in Mosul was the best and worst time of my life... I miss the simplicity of living or dying.... Anywhoo.[/quote]

    Adam there are a lot of people out there who care about you & are praying for you. The things our troops see, experience & have to do are beyond what us civvies can imagine. I so VERY MUCH APPRECIATE your service & the service of all other vets/soldiers. YOU ARE APPRECIATED. OU ARE CARED FOR. Thank you for being on that front line in my place. So very sorry you and other vets and soldiers have to shoulder these kinds of burdens on my behalf.
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    Huxter · 10 years ago
    Ever seen collateral murder? There was a right and a wrong there as well.
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    Sap Gan · 10 years ago
    It is really, really sad - what happened to this sweet little girl. I have a child who is about her age - 2.5 years and I cannot get this picture out of my head. My little girl is so innocent and trusting and I am sure Farah was too.

    Michael - do you remember in which street or which area in Mosul this happened?

    Let farah rest in peace and let peace finally descend upon all the countries that are currently in turmoil.
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    Michael Yon · 10 years ago
    [quote name="Sap Gan"]It is really, really sad - what happened to this sweet little girl. I have a child who is about her age - 2.5 years and I cannot get this picture out of my head. My little girl is so innocent and trusting and I am sure Farah was too.

    Michael - do you remember in which street or which area in Mosul this happened?

    Let farah rest in peace and let peace finally descend upon all the countries that are currently in turmoil.[/quote]

    Sap, it really is as you describe. My apologies that I don't remember the street, but I think some Deuce Four soldiers might remember. I will email one of my buddies now who was there. He probably hasn't seen this post so I will ask him to post if he remembers.
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    Michael Yon · 10 years ago
    Sap,

    It is as you describe.

    My apologies that I don't remember the street, but I think some Deuce Four soldiers might remember. I will email one of my buddies now who was there. He probably hasn't seen this post so I will ask him to post if he remembers.
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    Victor · 10 years ago
    I remember this day as if it were yesterday. More then one child died this day and from that point on my thirst for enemy blood grew. I didnt have a child then but I do have a little girl now. .... I can't even imagine how I would have felt if I had her then with how I already felt about the situation. I want all enemy fighters to know you are lucky a snipers bullet took me out the fight and I am now medically retired. When col. Kurilla and I were pulling kids out of the burning house on this day I thought to myself, the enemy is a coward period point blank!!

    As for the person asking what street this happened on , I cannot remember the name but I do remember it was a road just to the northeast of the yarmook traffic circle in the yarmook neighborhood.

    Adam seek help, I did and it helps. What you need to know is we will have those demons fOr the rest of our lives they will never go away but we can learn to understand why we have them.

    Q
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    TerriLPN · 10 years ago
    We have the bravest and finest Military, this photo proves it...and God Bless All..I could not imagine the fear of the innocent child but she was in the arms of a Hero...These are the Photos that should be shown..The Tenderness and Compassion of our Warriors. I Pray for them always.
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    Sonja Dalton · 10 years ago
    I'm praying for your wounded soul tonight. Jesus sees you, feels everything that is in your heart, and He cares. Turn to Him and He really will heal and comfort you. He has prepared a place of peace and rest for His own. Read your Bible, pray, write to me for encouragement if you will. The people of this nation are so thankful for you and your fellow soldiers...and we still need you, even after your military service ends. Stay with us and let us serve you for a change.
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    Sap Gan · 10 years ago
    Farah's death anniversary coincides with the gunning down of this lunatic who has caused such sorrow for so many people around the world. Hopefully, no other child (or mother) will have to go through such pain and grief because of the mad phiolosophies of a man who was hiding in a million-dollar mansion in one of the poorest countries of the world. Many in Pakistan live on less than $1 a day - and here is this guy living a lavish life with his 'youngest' wife and masterminding attacks on innocent people.
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    Donna Griego · 10 years ago
    Adam, God bless you, I just want you to know that we will not forget and that you are in my prayers.
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    Moises Medina · 10 years ago
    I'm the medic who treated Farah that day. Upon returning from deployment my mind was a mess and I commented negatively on your site. Years later I'be come to deal with the whole thing. Thank you for documenting things to the best of your ability. My sincere apologies for not being myself before.
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      Deb · 10 years ago
      Moises,

      God bless you for your efforts. I'm sure, as a mother, that her mother is so grateful that you tried. Hopefully, she is in a better place. You are a hero, but you are not a god--you can only do so much. Be whole for yourself and your family.
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    Sap · 10 years ago
    Moises - do you remember where this happened - what street, area of Mosul?

    I hope all is well with you now. The sheer torment of having to go through all this. Peace and prayers.
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    hooman · 10 years ago
    my frend it was a very good cart :-)
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    Kurt Olney · 9 years ago
    War is never over for those who were in it.

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