Friday, June 13, 2008

A letter from Iraq

This letter was forwarded to me from my mother-in-law. It comes from the uncle of a soldier (US Army) serving in Iraq. The uncle is friend's with Bob's Uncle Deed, and he sent it to Bob Sr.

It irritates me that this information is not in the liberal media. Read on, to see what our soldiers are doing overseas...

"The fighting over here has stopped. We found out just recently that all the bad guys we've been having such a hard time finding fled the country months ago. We spend our time now organizing grants from the Iraq govt. for local people to create jobs and boost the local economy, overseeing public works (that are decades behind) to insure quality and weed out corruption, sitting down for dinners and meeting with the once warring fractions to settle differences, talking to the key leaders to advise them on how to keep corruption and terrorists from coming back into the city and trying to rebuild and reestablish the education system, and sometimes I sing and dance with the kids. As a special project we take it upon ourselves to check up on the child households and widows in our area. I wouldn't recognize the city I showed up in and the one I live in now as the same. The trash is cleaned out of the streets and canals. The streets are filled with children laughing, playing and moving to and from school. The markets, once barren alleys with boarded up shops, are now jammed pack with people haggling and shopping. There are even a few soccer teams that started up with uniforms'n'all. I have no idea who started them but we stopped and watched a game with a crowd of fans. Wedding parties fill the now clean courtyards on a regular basis with dancing and singing long into the nights. All the once vacant houses have been filled with the happy faces of the former owner. People are no longer afraid to talk to us in public, but go out of their way to seek us out and offer us their gratitude and hospitality. We have made this city our home and the people in it our friends and neighbors. In doing so, we have changed the lives of those around us forever and given them the tools to dream again. Thank you for being there and supporting me in being a part of this. All of you back home have been the answer to my prayers and that is what gives me the strength to be the answer to theirs."

1 comment:

Admiral Fluffycheeks said...

That is interesting. I am going to pass it along.
I do think it depends on where you are in the country. Some areas are much quieter than others and therefore not as exciting to report on.
You should check out the documentary, No End in Sight.
That is very eye opening and most of it isn't shown in our media either.


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