While working on my recent tech issues the excellent Rich Davis put a Marine in Iraq in touch with me who is helping me sort through my issues. Interestingly enough, the Marine has an excellent military blog from Iraq: Conservative Bog. Check out this post:
What’s so infamous about the Iraqi crack house? J P Jenkins
A number of people have been asking what I meant by the infamous Iraqi crack house. I won’t say where this place is until after we leave here but know it’s a tower with a very horrid past. As for the name, the Marines have been calling it the crack house because it is falling apart.
Personally, I think after the Marines leave this dust bowl the building should be destroyed as it symbolizes the murder and maiming of hundreds of thousands of people. While serving as a staging point for crimes against humanity, its legacy also extends to the torture and murder of Saddam rivals within these very walls.
One dark take that especially stands out is from the 1990s. A pilot lifted off with bombs to drop on Saddam Hussein but his plot to kill him failed. When the pilot was captured they took him in the tower with his staff. Saddam tortured then burned the pilot alive before beheading his entire staff.
And yes to all the idiots who say Saddam didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMD); this is one of the main hubs he used to kill and disfigure Kurds and Iranians with WMD. And yes too it’s all fully documented by the United Nations and every intelligence agency in the Middle East.
Well since we are on the subject or crack-houses and crazies…(keep reading here)
UPDATE: Bruce over at the Democracy Project: Soldier Reports From Iraq 2-Years Later