Monday, October 29, 2007

Alright, Here's the Real Sign of Hope

A few close friends and I had a discussion pertaining to my past Signs of Hope that link to news stories that are about the killing of militants. They argue that the killing of anyone, including terrorists, shouldn't be a sign of hope for the future of our planet. While I think they're bat-shit crazy and the death of anyone willing to harm others is a good thing I conceded (mainly due to a headache) and told them I would redo the Sunday Sign of Hope from yesterday to something a bit less violent. So, for those of you who agree with my hippie pals, here's another sign of hope for you to read after you're done hugging the trees in your yard. Enjoy.

An Act of Kindness from Iraq

From Commentary Magazine:

Iraqi Army officers in Besmaya raised a thousand dollars in donations for fire victims in San Diego, California, and the only place that seems to have reported the story is the military blog OPFOR. Author Richard S. Lowry learned about it in a press release from the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq Public Affairs, so it’s unlikely he’s the only one in the media who knows something about it.

Sending a thousand dollars to California will be about as helpful as throwing a glass of water into the firestorm. It’s the thought that counts here. And what surprising thought it is. How many Americans expect charity from Iraq?

As Lowry points out, “most Americans do not consider Iraqis as people.” He’s right. Most of us only know them from sensational media reports about masked insurgents, wailing widows, and death squads. Most of us may instinctively understand that the majority of Iraqis are just regular people, but it’s hard to keep that in mind when the only thing we get Stateside is war coverage. I’ve met hundreds of Iraqis myself during trips to their country as a reporter, so it’s a bit easier for me to see them as just people. I’m still surprised that anyone in that broken impoverished land would even consider donating hard-earned money to Californians.

A thousand dollars is a lot in Iraq. The average salary is only a few hundred dollars a month. I can’t for the life of me figure out how entire families can survive on so little, considering most have so many children. Basic necessities are cheaper in Iraq than in the West, but not that much cheaper.

2 Comments:

Blogger f.b.i.t.c. said...

Screw that shit - give me dead terrorists any day . . . . . .

And cut down all the goddamned trees and build bigger roads with no speed limits while you're at it.

:-D

November 01, 2007 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

live by the sword...die by the sword...it is a sign of hope in this case.
fuck the do gooders...one day, one of these fuckers will blowup the bus they're riding on and then what!

November 01, 2007 12:42 PM  

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