Sunday, September 24, 2006

Baghdad ER

It has been so long since I said I'd write about this amazing HBO documentary. I feel bad, because I don't remember as much now as I did originally. What stuck with me was the feeling of how unequivocally, thoroughly good is the purpose of the jobs of these doctors, nurses and other soldiers in this Baghdad hospital. They treated Iraqi casualties as well as Americans; I did think it was strange that there didn't appear to be any Arabic interpreters, since it was obviously so important to be able to talk to the American casualty soldiers to treat them.

The basic job of an infantry soldier in Iraq, as represented in the documentary, was to go out and patrol roads, in particular looking for IEDs and disarming them.