Saturday, December 02, 2006
He Gathers The Lambs In His Arms
The picture below is of Air Force Chief Master Sargeant Jim Gebhardt.
According to a recent Air Force Times story:
"The young infant had received extensive gunshot injuries to her head when insurgents attacked her family killing both of her parents and many of her siblings. The chief had a knack for comforting her and they often would catch a cat nap together in a chair.In addition to the obvious act of individual compassion, this picture also symbolizes the greater mission currently undertaken by the coalition and coalition forces.
While deployed to Iraq, the chief tried to help out any way he could. He figured holding a baby that needed comforting that would free up one more set of arms that could be providing care to more critical patients.
"If I have an opportunity to help out, I look for that opportunity," he said. "They had more than enough to do."
The chief was not alone in volunteering at the hospital. There were more than 800 different volunteers at the hospital during the time he was deployed to Iraq, he said. Some of them volunteered so much that he mistakenly thought they were assigned to the hospital. "
- Armed forces come to the aid of a populace brutalized by tyrants and Islamic Fascists
- Patiently and voluntarily bear with them through their healing process
- Giving them (and the rest of the world) hope for a safer future
Did it not occur to you for just a moment that the little girl might not have even been wounded, and her family not killed, had we not gone over there and sowed chaos throughout Iraq?
What that soldier is doing there is wonderful, but that picture is a testement to the bravery and compassion of our soldiers, not to the war itself.
And for Xanthippas, I think it is highly likely that given the historically unstable environment in that region, this still could have happened without our troops there. And in that case, the girl would not have received the assistance she did without our troops being there.
Iraq was highly unstable and chaotic before our troops were sent. I don't believe our troops "sowed chaos".
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