Take that Punks
I had this comment from an American soldier based in Iraq in response to my "No Bravery 2" post. It is very much a heartfelt plea for understanding and I recommend you read it in full. The main points were...
Let me call for restraint in judging all American soldiers by the acts of these Marines. [...]I was really ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe soldiers are actually being trained to respect the local culture. And then I saw this picture and comment volunteered by another American soldier to Flickr.
Rather, judge us by the motivations we have in volunteering to come here. [...]
Judge us by the sacrifice we are willing to make to stand up the good guy. [...]
Judge us by the respect we have for Iraqi culture and the Islamic religion. [...]
Again, "Judge us by the respect we have for Iraqi culture and the Islamic religion"... (*sigh*)