Wednesday, October 31, 2007

World of Good, San Diego - Iraq Style

Welcome to another World of Good (WOG) entry here at The Scratching Post! This week's is short and sweet. As some of you know, I'm a San Diegan and we've just suffered through some very severe wildfires. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. My parents' home was nearly burned down as much of their surrounding landscape caught on fire.

After the fires, San Diego received some help from an unexpected source. Check this out.

Members of the Iraqi Army in Besmaya collected a donation for the San Diego, Calif., fire victims Thursday night at the Besmaya Range Complex in a moving ceremony to support Besmaya’s San Diego residents.

Iraqi Army Col. Abbass, the commander of the complex, presented a gift of $1,000 to U.S. Army Col. Darel Maxfield, Besmaya Range Complex officer in charge, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, to send to the fire victims in California.

The money was collected from Iraqi officers and enlisted soldiers in Besmaya. In a speech given during the presentation, Col. Abbass stated that he and the Iraqi soldiers were connected with the American people in many ways, and they will not forget the help that the American government has given the Iraqi people. Abbass was honored to participate by sending a simple fund of $1,000 to the American people in San Diego, to lower the suffering felt by the tragedy.
Now that is a World of Good story if ever there was one.

Note: My regular readers have seen the links to this one before, but it is so extraordinary and probably totally unreported by the ghoulish mainstream media that I can't resist giving it wider play.


Lawman said...

Glad yer folks' place is okay.

I'm sure most people don't understand just how significant that donation from the Iraqi soldiers really is. Just a few short years ago, they would have been executed for even thinking about sending a charitable donation to America. Plus, to the average soldier, $1000 is a very significant sum of money. Saddam and his inner circle were all filty rich. The average Iraqi citizen was not.

Dean said...

And how many of those Iraqi soldiers that contributed were on the receiving end of the 1st MEF or the 4th Mech. back in '03? I'm stunned. I mean, absolutely stunned by this display of compassion and generosity.

patjrsmom said...

What a great story. Thanks for the link. Do you do these "World of Good" stories every week? Such a great contrast to the typical dirty laundry pandered off as "the news".


K T Cat said...


We try to do these every week. Some weeks we're more successful than others...