Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Good photo. There have many such photos published. I recall one of a child hiding behind an American soldier for protection.
That so many Iraqi children trust American soldiers shows that in a difficult environment, American soldiers have done an outstanding job.
Out of maybe a million servicemen (Army, Marines, etc.) that have been in Iraq and rotated in and out of there, a few hundred have done some really sociopathic bad things, such as at Abu Graib, and some other cases of rape and murder of Iraqis.
The vast, vast majority are decent men, like the guy in the picture. I know, because I know quite a few men who have been deployed there, or are there now. Some agree with the mission, some don't (I know one very fine young officer who doesn't), but almost all are doing their job the best that they know how.
If the press were more honest, I think a whole lot of Americans would be very proud of how these men have represented our country. But you won't see that picture on the cover of Newsweek or Time.
Great picture. Whatever your feelings on the war's legality, necessity or winnability, denying that America is firmly on the side of morality makes you look like an asshole.
Also, if I know soldiers, the people they most want to "adopt" them are America's nubile young co-eds. Do your part ladies.