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Welcome To The Triangle Of Death
Ever wonder what emotions soldiers have when their lives could be taken from them in an instant. What are we thinking when there is gunfire coming from nowhere, mortars falling from heaven, and nothing between us and it? Are soldiers religious people or emotionless robotic creations programmed through nine weeks of basic training and months of follow-on training?
Pat Dollard spent some time in Iraq and compiled of bunch of videos taken by Soldiers, Marines and himself. Some videos were shot in the heat of combat, some relaxing at the computer lounge, and other in their bunks. They aren’t overly produced with elaborate soundtracks and special effects. These are raw videos.
Why would a civilian too old to join the military subject himself to this? “I gave it all up, my life and my income, to serve my country in the War in Terror, with the one weapon a 42 year old civilian like me could use: a camera,” explains Pat on his website. Once there, you can also donate to helping him get these videos more publicity. “Help ‘Young Americans‘ see the Light of Day. Help us battle the incessant anti-war, anti-administration media message, with the balance America needs from ‘Young Americans‘.”
Many people have emailed asking where is our voice in the overwhelming roar of the anti-war movement? Ladies and gentlemen, it’s on that website. The following video is just one of many Pat has put together. Be forewarned: it’s not pretty. If you don’t want to hear a soldier praying to God that the incoming barrage of mortars doesn’t hit him, don’t go any further. There are no pictures of dead soldiers. This project, “Young Americans” is a pro-military project. But, it’s brutally honest and lets you get, at least peripherally, into the mind of Soldiers and Marines. The video is about 10 minutes long.
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