>>Kindness of American Saint Nick remembered – CNN.com
Posted December 23, 2009on:
War is horror. But somehow American soldiers have always found some way to connect with and leave a good impression of Americans with the civilians of countries we have been at war with. These acts of kindness were not policy or even encouraged until the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan where it has now become official policy to try to “win the hearts” of the population. And unfortunately I don’t think it is working all that well and has become instead a line up and get a hand out from the Americans. Now that it is official the heart has somehow gone out of it and that is sad.
Before this when American troops have brought the spirit of Americans and American ideas and joys to a town, and the troops and the town found themselves sharing an event it was the troops themselves who initiated, planned, provided and carry out the program for the civilians. American troops have dug wells, built schools, churches, orphanages and clinics. American troops have collected among themselves and solicited funds from friends and families at home to provide needed supplies for individuals and entire towns. Here is just one story of what American soldiers did for a town in enemy territory. And the gratitude of that town that lives on 65 years later as the celebration continues for every new generation of children. BB