This story touched me so deeply:
Iraqi Army Col. Abbass, the commander of the complex, presented a gift of $1,000 to U.S. Army Col. Darel Maxfield, Besmaya Range Complex officer in charge, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, to send to the fire victims in California.These people struggle for every penny and they're collecting money to help Americans? All I can think of: the widow's mite.
The money was collected from Iraqi officers and enlisted soldiers in Besmaya. In a speech given during the presentation, Col. Abbass stated that he and the Iraqi soldiers were connected with the American people in many ways, and they will not forget the help that the American government has given the Iraqi people. Abbass was honored to participate by sending a simple fund of $1,000 to the American people in San Diego, to lower the suffering felt by the tragedy.
You know, the Iraqis don't hate Americans. They are just trying to find their way out of tyranny. It was a messy process for America when we slogged through it. It's a messy process for Iraq. And Iraq doesn't have Thomas Jefferson or George Washington or Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Paine or any of the rest of America's honorable forefathers.
Saddam Hussein killed them.
Slowly, surely, the Iraqis are growing and building the muscles required for freedom. There's a reason why God kept Israel wandering around, learning to trust for forty years. It seems pretty remarkable what Iraq has achieved in these few years. Leaders will grow up, learn and contribute as they mature. They just need time.
P.S. You find this touching story in the MSM, please link to it in the comments.