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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 01:25 PM
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80. I don't really know much about the education nowadays.
I was in the Marine Corps long ago. But thanks for the kind words.

As for culture and respect, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, some troops were using a "Guide To Iraq" dating from WWII. That wasn't bad. The information in that book was still useful and relevant, especially the parts about respect for the local culture and customs:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-07-15-book...

In Egypt I lived in Alexandria, probably the most tolerant city in Egypt due to its long history of foreign residents etc. Going back to those Greek foreigners who ran Egypt for nearly 4 centuries, the Ptolemies.

Coincidentally, I was working in Saudi Arabia as a civilian when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. So I had a ringside seat for Desert Shield/Storm. (Though I lived in Jeddah on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, far from the fighting.)

I talked to quite a few troops who came thru Jeddah. They weren't allowed alcohol so introductions to the local bootleggers were a priority. In Saudi Arabia, the nickname for illegal booze is saddiqi - Arabic for "my friend." The Islamic prohibitions on alcohol always struck my atheist self as funny, since the word "alcohol" itself is Arabic. From "al-kohl," meaning "the spirit."

As for starting a blog, I'm too lazy and would rather keep a low profile. :-)

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