Walking in Baghdad

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

He smiles and laughs easily as if he's not the person who watched a friend die, but then again, being naive is not possible anymore either.

Twenty-two-year old Matt Moss says it's hard to understand what it's like for soldiers in
Iraq.

"They're trying to compare what we do over there with what we do over here, when really, you should compare what we do over there with what it used to be like over there."

Moss has seen the two sides of a country so radically divided and so culturally misunderstood. When he came home last November to visit his family for the holiday, his eardrum injured in a Humvee attack that also killed his friend, 21-year-old Robert
Wise.

He says recent events in Iraq are hard to understand, if you never walked in Baghdad.

"You bring people in who have done a crime, whatever it may be and you treat them civilly in that place. They go right back out and do the same thing."

Moss explains the difficulty of bringing leadership trained by an American culture to this society.

"Treating them civilly over there really isn't a punishment and they're not going to learn from it because it's a completely different culture than it is over here."

For the seven months Moss spent in the Middle East, this specialist in the National Guard saw violence as a medic injuring others in his unit frequently.

"I had my own platoon and each of the guys ended up being a patient at point in time. So, I got to build up my bedside manner, I guess."

A bedside manner he'll use as he will soon pursue a career in medicine.


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