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Cal Thomas

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http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Would you care to guess who said this: "To the courageous men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall Afar (Iraq) from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life"?

Is this an excerpt from a Pentagon or presidential citation? Nope.

"To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months." Was that on a plaque from the local Kiwanis Club? Wrong again.

"To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city."

Give up? That is a letter from the mayor of Tall Afar in the Iraqi province of Nineveh. Mayor Najim Abdullah Abid Al-Jubouri wrote it to express his gratitude to American soldiers. Chances are you have not read this letter. I have only found it in a few small-circulation U.S. newspapers. It certainly conveys an impression opposite what much of the mainstream media and some politicians have been telling us.

Tall Afar was the main base of operations for the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The mayor says his city was held hostage by al-Zarqawi. "Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young."

The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) arrived in Iraq in 2003 and began attacking insurgents in Fallujah. Last year, they went back for a second tour, this time in Tall Afar. The mayor's letter sums up the result: "This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered ... the courageous soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of al-Zarqawi's followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3rd ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them."

One of the returning soldiers from this regiment is Chief Warrant Officer Roger Wood of Fort Carson, Colo. Wood, a helicopter pilot, arrived home last weekend. He tells me, "There's a lot of good going on in Iraq," adding that "negative stories" he's seen on the news "are discouraging." Wood says he's noticed a "big difference" since his first tour in 2003 in the way Iraqi soldiers and police operate. He says they are increasingly confident and able to operate independent of American forces. "Iraq will come around," Wood predicts. "Baghdad will take a little longer, but as people see change and acquire hope, we'll see a new Iraq."

The mayor of Tall Afar concludes his letter: "G-d bless this brave Regiment; G-d bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. This sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. ... Let America, their families and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life."

The U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches recently condemned U.S policy in Iraq for "raining down terror" on helpless Iraqis. They should talk to the mayor of Tall Afar and tell him to his face they think al-Zarqawi's "reign of terror" should not have been ended.

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that made my day...[smile]
 

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[Q]Capt. Jack Sparrow originally wrote:
Yeah the Iraqis love us....(eye rolly thing here)

Its a clusterf$ck Carla
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Well, you missed the piont... It's a damned shame that we don't hear these things domestically...and a very encouraging thing to see someone over there really appreciates what we're doing...
 

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You are exactly correct Wells.

The reason we dont hear about in the media is because there is a large segment of the US population (including the media) that does not want the US to succeed in Iraq. These people are willing to undermine their own Country in order to promote their political ideology.
 

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You can think media conspiracy if you prefer, but I can think of three simpler reasons you don't see more articles like this:

1. The nature of journalism emphasizes bad news. How much Fox and CNN time is devoted to pretty blond girls who aren't missing?

2. Reporters have mostly been kept within the safe Green zone lately, I believe.

3. The Administration has probably created a great deal of cynicism among reporters from their past manufactured photo ops like bringing in crowds to pull down Saddam's statue. They see something like above and wonder who we paid to write it.
 

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[Q]cwessells originally wrote:

Well, you missed the piont... It's a damned shame that we don't hear these things domestically...and a very encouraging thing to see someone over there really appreciates what we're doing...
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Never mind the fact that there appears to be no solid evidence the Mayor even wrote this or even if he did its irrelevant. Iraq has been an mitigated disaster and its fixing to get a whole lot worse.
 
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