Here is an email excerpt from a friend of mine who is driving semis in Iraq. He is an ex-Ranger Captain and ex-SF, can outshoot everybody I know, has a great sense of humor, and is an outstanding individual all around:
"Driving over here is a real hoot. If we're northbound and for some reason or another the northbound lane get congested, we just cross over into the southbound lanes and continue to march. We have two speeds, stop and wide open, never, ever use turn signals, go up the entrance ramps or down the exit ramps the wrong way. Cars are non-existent, since we run a night and cars are not allowed to pass us, run alongside us or in front of us. The escort guntrucks (four in all, one scout way in front, one in front of the lead vehicle one in the middle of the convoy (20 trucks) and one at the back) will wave a spotlight at them and they have to pull over and park till we go by and they can follow no closer than 100 meters. The signs on the back of the trail vehicle says " Danger stay back 100 meters or you will be shot". The fact that this sign can't be read from that far back and most of these dips can't read anyway, gets some of them shot, which to me is a good thing. The military used to fire warning shots and I guess they kinda still do...only the warning shots are now in the windshield instead of the grill. If cars are meeting us, (potential VBIEDS) they get the same treatment, wave the spotlight at'em and follow it up with some 7.62 mm FMJ. Good policy, I think
. The worst insult you can give a Muslim is to show them the bottom of your shoe...(worse than giving an infidel the finger), therefore I keep a shoe on the doghouse of the truck so I can shake it at them when I get a chance. Hey, when in Rome, etc, etc.