Ok this is my second tour in Iraq.Last time we didnt interact with the people very much. This time we work with the Iraqi police,Army,Shieks, and Concerned Local Citizens (CLC’s) they have been doing a great job with bringing safety and stability to the area I work in and things are going well. However I have one big gripe. Why do they always ask us for stuff? It’s driving me friggin nuts! Mista gimme glasses,Mista gimme gloves,Mista gimme boots,Mista gimme food (most of them have goats,cows, and chickens in their front yard and you wouldnt believe how fat some of the people are here).
They dont even say please or thank you even if you do give them something, I know how to say both in Iraqi Arabic. I realize that they are poor but why do they think that we (the soldiers not the Army itself) can afford to give them stuff all the time. Some of the kids are so rude that they will walk up to you and try to stick their hands in your pockets. Do they think we are all rich? Or is it that because we arent Iraqi or Muslim? Anybody got any ideas why they act like this?