The Therapy Sessions
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Three US soldiers killed in Iraq.
What were they doing there in the first place? Protecting the oil fields? Trying to intimidate the Iraqis? Shooting at militants?
No, they were ferrying a wounded Iraqi child to medical attention when their helicopter crashed.
Of course, it was just a publicity stunt. The US army is composed of robotic soldiers following orders, not human beings. They could not possibly have cared about a child.
This is what most of the world believes, but this mission is one of thousands that have taken place since we went into Iraq. For every US soldier that has been treated in US field hospitals, hundreds of Iraqis have received attention.
These soldiers were doing important work. They were doing good works.
We lost six soldiers on similar humanitarian mission in Afghanistan last month. Why is that the global hegemon gets so much criticism and so little credit for the good it does?