Robert C. J. Parry is a California Army National Guard officer who was in South Baghdad during 2005. While he was there, he worked to train Iraqi police officers, and quickly found that the most important – and undervalued – tool that he had was the Iraqi interpreters who translated everything his team said.
Without them, there was no training. And without training Iraqi Security Forces, there is no way we can be victorious. However, just being an interpreter means taking you life into your hands – hundreds of them have been murdered – and going on patrol means facing the same risks as soldiers. One “terp” from Robert’s battalion was killed by an IED.
Robert is a public relations executive, a recently graduated USC MBA and published author of several OpEds in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.
He’s currently circulating a manuscript, and is looking for an agent or publisher who is interestd in telling this compelling story of brave Iraqis who have gone “all in” with their American liberators. They remember what life was like under Hussein, and what life will be like if freedom fails.
Here’s the back of the book, and he has a formal proposal for anyone who’s interested. Let me know if you’d like to help him out.
TOURJAMA AL HORREA
The humvees turned a corner and nearly plowed into the large crowed gathered in the dirty, narrow street. [# More #]