In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Any soldier in Iraq will tell you that their hearts are captured by the smiles of the Iraqi youngsters. Aren't they just cute? Posted by Hello


At 12:16 PM, Blogger Lizabeth said...

Wow, thats all I can say. Incredible pictures, I look forward to seeing more. Thank you thank you thank you for all you've done. You are an inspiration to thousands.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

These photos are absolutely incredible. I agree that they leave me speechless!! Thank you so much.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Huntress said...

All these pics are awesome....the children are so beautiful....their smiles and those can see their souls.

Great shots Smink..thanx for sharing them with us.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous SeaBiscuit6 said...

It's good to see your pictures here, Fred. I feel the same way The Wife does when she posted that little girls like the one in a picture you have on the blog are the reason we're in Iraq.

That sentiment was evident when I interviewed first lieutenant Rhana Kurdi with the Third Brigade's 209th Military Intelligence Company. Her job was to accompany Third Brigade soldiers on their patrols and raids and assist not only the soldiers but the Iraqis whose homes were being searched.

Lt. Kurdi's mother is Kurdish and her father is Lebanese and it was her experience as a young child in Beirut in the early 80's when U.S. troops helped her and her family escape from oncoming Syrian troops that helped her decision to become a U.S. soldier.

After patrols where the soldiers had contact with Iraqi children, she would ask them "What had they taught those kids that day? What sort of positive things could they show those kids?"

The children of Iraq, she said, are the future of the country.

On a side note, while I was encouraged by the work soldiers like Lt. Kurdi was doing to help kids in Iraq, watching the movie "Hotel Rwanda" has reminded me that there have been hundreds of thousands of other children overseas who have perished senselessly in just the last ten years.

The U.S. and other countries did nothing to help stop the killing, just as nothing was done in the last couple of years to stop the killing in Sudan.

As we look at these great pictures of these beautiful Iraqi kids, let's not forget about all the beautiful African kids who were senselessly murdered because the U.S. didn't want to do anything because nothing supposedly was at stake for us.

Nothing, maybe, except innocent human lives.

Out here.
Your buddy...former NCO alley partner...and former roomie...

At 11:05 PM, Blogger betsy said...

Truly lovely - these pictures of the children should be shown somewhere .. that little boy with the cancer, amazing that he could exist like that. Bless you for helping him. That's a "front page" picture. "For the children .." may we win THEIR hearts, for they are the future of the new Iraq. (Coffee table book? "Images From An Alternate Universe") For isn't that what was is?

At 3:14 PM, Blogger David Pakman said...

Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.


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