My Vote for Photo of the Week

  1. corpsmancomfort-jpg
  2. No matter your feelings on this war, the fact remains that we are there. The fact remains that we are in Baghdad, and the regime of Saddam is not long for this earth. While perusing the news on the web, I came across the photo below. As I thought about it, I realized that there were pictures like this from every conflict the US has been involved in. A child whose country has been devastated by war. A US soldier, giving that child comfort. The picture is of a US corpsman holding an Iraqi child.

    The fact is that the US is NOT the politicians we have elected. The US is not our foreign policy. Our best qualities are reflected in pictures like this. I've met and worked with Brits, Canadians, and Australian soldiers as well. Believe me, the great thing is that the US soldier could be exchanged for a Brit, Canadian, or an Aussie, and the reflection would still be true. War is war, but kids are kids. They aren't black, or white, or Iraqi, or whatever. They are KIDS. They have somewhat different interests, but what they really want is love, food, and someplace safe to play. The photo speaks to me of a soldier who, for just a while, wanted to let this little girl know that she was safe, that no matter what was going on around her, no one hated her. No one wanted to hurt her. And I can't think of anything that I would rather have represent us.

    Living in Germany, I met a number of Europeans from various countries who were children in WW II. Their best memories of us are when we took time out of the war to give them food, chocolate, or play with them. We, almost every single one of us, could and can still recognize that a child, even in the midst of destruction, havoc and death, was and is still just a child.

    OK, back to the heated debates.

  3. 26 Comments

  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Thanks Kevin . . . simply thanks.
  5. by   litebrite
    Yes, I saw this on another thread here. It breaks your heart. I hope this can all be over soon.
  6. by   fergus51
    Great picture and AMEN!!!
  7. by   JedsMom
    You are so right, AMEN.
  8. by   DebsZoo
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  9. by   Mimi Wheeze
    That child will have a better future. Thanks, Kevin.
  10. by   Mkue
    Great picture, thanks Kevin.
  11. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Touching picture, Thanks kevin
  12. by   nurse-in-boots
    Wonderful pic Kevin! It is good to see that the soldiers are comforting the children. (no matter how temporary it is)
  13. by   curious
    This is indeed a powerful photo. It is good to remember the humanity in times of war. I remember reading about it recently. It is of a Marine doctor holding a the child. The family was trying to get to US tanks- some speculate that Iraqi soldiers were forcing the family to go that way. The mother I think was killed.
  14. by   caroladybelle
    Nice picture, also good to see you back.
  15. by   renerian
    Thanks for showing our men and woman are not all bad people like some people feel they are.