Heroes and Patriots
Earlier, I related a story to you about an Iraqi Army soldier named Ali. I said that Iraq needs heroes and patriots. I bring you a story about another such individual: a hero and a patriot.
The man's name is Omar. (This of course is not his real name, I have changed it to protect him and his family.) Omar is an interpreter for my platoon. He is a member of our team. He goes with us on patrols to assist us in dealing with the general public. Six days a week he lives in our compound. Omar has suffered great personal loss due to his dedication to his country. His family was persecuted and attacked by the cowardly terrorists. One of his children was killed. Two other of his children were wounded. His home was DESTROYED. He and they were targeted because of his work with the US. He has moved his family to an unfamiliar city, where they know no one. He and his family are Sunni Muslim, while they live in a city that is primarily Kurdish. Yet he still works for us, and makes our job so much easier when we have someone who can communicate for us. He still is here, by our sides, assisting us in bringing order from chaos, safeguarding liberty for the formerly oppressed.
As I said before, his house was destroyed. Not wrecked, tossed, or robbed, but blown to the ground by terrorists. The people we fight are not insurgents, they are not rebels, they are not freedom fighters. They are TERRORISTS. They use fear as their greatest weapon in their attempt to destabilize the fledgling, LEGITIMATE government. They attack their own people, at their own houses of worship, at their own police stations, in their OWN HOMES. They do it by deception, using hidden bombs and drive-by shootings, covering their faces with masks or veils, because they do not have the gumption to reveal their identities. They do this because, contrary to popular belief, the general populace would turn them in to authorities. Not everyone here in Iraq hates us. Not everyone sees us as an occupying army. I do not think I can say this enough...we are constantly hailed as liberators.
This man, Omar, is a patriot. He is willing to face the same dangers we do, and spit in the face of our mutual enemy by not submitting to their terror and continuing to serve his country by assisting us.
Omar's family is very poor. They lost everything when their house was destroyed. If anyone feels compassion for this man and his family, and would like to donate anything to his family or his children, please leave a comment with a way for me to contact you. I will not publish my information here, but I will contact you in order to coordinate delivery of these items to Omar.