Over at Nathan Bransford's blog, there is a contest for best opening paragraph.
I'm in! Here it is, since there's no easy way to go digging through the comments over there for it:
The outskirts of Tikrit.
The incongruity sickened Ashrinn like it always did. He and his Delta Force team had been locked in combat maneuvers for a long time now on the perimeter, and yet the shock of people killing each other in the shade of swaying palm trees never faded.
Too sensitive, Ashrinn. This is why they think you deserve that Section 8. The dreams are bad enough.
If I make it in to the finals, please vote for me!