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Saturday, November 05, 2005

"Soccer Victories"

A Blackhawk helicopter is hovering low, running a mission in the Sunni Triangle. Alone in a field there’s a unkempt child of about twelve years old. The boy, acting on everything his father has told him, looks up at the chopper with hatred in his eyes, picks up a rock and cocks his arm, ready to throw. But the gunner in the Blackhawk has something in his hand too, and he’s a bit quicker. Whoosh! A soccer ball flies out of the door of the chopper. The boy stands in disbelief for a moment, and then collects himself enough to run after the ball. Once he retrieves it, he looks up and with a smile from ear to ear, and excitedly waves to the American soldiers in the Blackhawk. This is the beginning of a piece you can find in NRO written by Army reservist Steven Kiel who is stationed in Iraq. He has an eponymous blog which you should visit as well to learn about what is really happening over there.

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