There’s a secret in the desert.
Man hath no greater love than this…
Posted by happycrow on December 7, 2006
A Marathon, not a sprint. This is how you win.
Not to mention, balls. Which these men, lots of whom know they won’t live out the year, have in spades.
Very powerful. This little ol’ Central European cried, too…
The Iraqi men who have taken on the mantle of “policeman ” and trained with us risk not only their own lives, but those of their families as well. It has been said that policemen are the champions of the lost cause. No matter how long and how hard they work at their craft, they know that they will never succeed at eliminating crime and the evil that men do. The Iraqi’s that we Canadians helped train in the desert knew that merely being there was a death sentence from at least one of the factions that work to undermine basic human rights. Yet, many of them forced themselves to pick up the AK47 though they may not have held one before. They often told us that they wanted their families to have freedom. For many of them, that was an idea that they do not conceive as we do. It usually meant just being allowed to live without the fear of torture and murder by a sadistic ruler. The front line Canadians who took time from their lives to go to that place may not have had all the facts and understood all the motives that lead to the decision of the US to overthrow Saddam, but the rebuilding of the country and establishment of basic freedoms is a cause that had to be championed by someone. I am proud to say that I was there and had the chance to work with those men and women from around the world who came to give what they could to the Iraqi volunteers. Words cannot express the feeling one gets from the smiling and thankful face of a man who knows that you have done your best to teach him how to stay alive in combat, in a place where so many die everyday.
It was the best experience, one could have ever try… We were all one big family, met new people from everywhere with new way of thinking and culture.. Jordanians, Iraqis, Americans, British, Canadians, Finnish, Swedish,… and other nationalities… We cared alot for the leaving students, prayed for them to go back home safe… we had to say goodbye for many people from everywhere… and at last JIPTC said goodbye for us… but it will live inside our hearts forever.. it is our real home!!! though it is just a desert, but, home sweet home!!!!
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