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Monday, November 27, 2006

The RIGHT Way to Treat Others and to Win Hearts and Minds

Military Personnel are drawn from a cross section of our society. Just as in our society at large there are individuals who are thoughtless, cruel, and insensitive, so are those in the military, as in the post below titled "Winning Their Hearts and Minds??" They are not representative of the Americans in general, and when their offenses come to light, they should be exposed.

We hear of many atrocities and incidences of maltreatment of Iraqis by American soldiers. Scandal sells newsies and gains viewers so these stories are given more press. The stories of goodness and humanitarianism are not as widely publicized. Posted are a FEW of the many good deeds done by American troops.

American aid to orphanages and schools
MOSUL – Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited an orphanage in Mosul, Iraq July 10, bringing gifts for the children.During a regular patrol through the city, 3rd Plt. stopped at a local orphanage to drop off soccer balls and other gifts that were donated. Some of the donations came from Forward Operating Base Marez and other donations were made by individuals back in the states.Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2nd battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited several Iraqi schools and an Iraqi orphanage on July 8. These Soldiers adopted one of the schools to help renovate and re-supply with educational goods. The Soldiers dropped off soccer balls and other goodies at the orphanage. (Photo by Spc. L.C. Campbell)
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Soldier with Iraqi friends..
Iraqi children..........American soldier with Iraqi friends.
Soldiers comfort frightened Iraqi children after gunfire.

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American soldier befriends Iraqi family
American soldier with friends
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US and UK soldiers team up to donate aid to Iraqi Christian orphanage.
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British and American soldiers donate clothes, shoes and toys to orphaned Iraqi children Here soldiers try a pair of shoes on an Iraqi orphan child.
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American military dentist treats Iraqi children. ***********************************************************************************************

Chaplain (Capt.) Martin Cho, battalion chaplain, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, helps unload more than 50 boxes of school supplies, toys, stuffed animals and soccer balls to be distributed to more than 2,000 orphans in and around Kirkuk at Forward Operating Base Warrior. Official Department of Defense photo by Spc. Michael Alberts

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