Soldiers Bring Smiles To School

Bet you think I found this one at the LA Times, eh?

AZ ZAIDON, Iraq, April 2, 2007 — The children, wide-eyed at the sight of Iraqi soldiers in their schools, seemed a little frightened at first, but within moments, as the soldiers began handing out cookies and asking questions about the day’s lessons, they warmed up.

Iraqi soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, visited two schools with troops of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and the military transition team from 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, March 29. The visits, which provided much-needed school equipment like chalkboards and generators, also served to let the children and teachers see that the Iraqi troops serve the country and are available.

“Please give me your phone number,” Ta’if School Headmaster Nafir Abdullah asked the Iraqi troops. “And don’t be a stranger. This school is always open to you, and we would love to have you help educate the children.”

I guess the US and Coalition troops aren't terrorizing women and children in the dead of night, nor operating like Nazi's and soldiers of Pol Pot.

“Seeing the kids respond to us handing out toys and book bags is always great — they are so happy. It's like we’re Santa Claus to them,” Robison said. “I think doing missions like this with the Iraqi soldiers allows people to see that they (the soldiers) care and that they’re starting to take responsibility for their country so they can start taking over.”

Yes, it is going a bit too slow, but our folks have been spending lots of time fighting all the foreign fighters coming in to Iraq. Now, Democrats want to pull out before the mission is done, which would invalidate all the work that Coalition units have done over the past 4 years.

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