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Little Girl (Remembering the Enemy we Fight) ^ | May 2005 | Michael Yon

Posted on 04/27/2007 4:48:34 PM PDT by Maelstorm

Little Girl

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Major Mark Bieger found this little girl after the car bomb that attacked our guys while kids were crowding around. The soldiers here have been angry and sad for two days. They are angry because the terrorists could just as easily have waited a block or two and attacked the patrol away from the kids. Instead, the suicide bomber drove his car and hit the Stryker when about twenty children were jumping up and down and waving at the soldiers. Major Bieger, I had seen him help rescue some of our guys a week earlier during another big attack, took some of our soldiers and rushed this little girl to our hospital. He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital. She didn’t make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her.

The soldiers went back to that neighborhood the next day to ask what they could do. The people were very warm and welcomed us into their homes, and many kids were actually running up to say hello and to ask soldiers to shake hands.

Eventually, some insurgents must have realized we were back and started shooting at us. The American soldiers and Iraqi police started engaging the enemy and there was a running gun battle. I saw at least one IP who was shot, but he looked okay and actually smiled at me despite the big bullet hole in his leg. I smiled back.

One thing seems certain; the people in that neighborhood share our feelings about the terrorists. We are going to go back there, and if any terrorists come out, the soldiers hope to find them. Everybody is still very angry that the insurgents attacked us when the kids were around. Their day will come.

[Post Script]
The reaction to my photo of Major Bieger cradling Farah, the little girl who died in his arms, provoked a flood of messages and heartfelt responses from caring people around the world. I have spent the last several days trying to read every message, and respond to as many as possible, but the flow has finally outpaced me, much as the swiftness of a river will finally defeat even the most determined swimmer.

This morning there was a banging on my door. It was “Q,” loaded for battle, weapon in hand, wearing the military radio headphones with the microphone that wrapped around his face. Bang, Bang, Bang! Q hit my door.

“Mike! Where are you?!”
“Hold on,” I said, opening the door.
“Why aren’t you ready! Grab your gear . . . we’re going!” My worn-out boots sat empty in the corner.
“I can’t go today,” I said, glancing in the direction of my laptop.
“Just tell them I can’t go today.”
“Okay!” And Q trotted off back to his Stryker, leaving me behind. The soldiers rolled out on their mission without me.

And now I sit here, answering a few final emails, while the men of Deuce Four patrol in Mosul. My hands may be here, but my head and heart are on the streets in the struggle. I’ve been riding the wave of interest and feedback from that photo, but I need to get back to what I seem best equipped to do–posting dispatches about what is happening here in Iraq. I will continue to read every message, and I offer my sincere thanks in advance for everyone who takes the time to send one, but, alas, with this dispatch, I must swim to shore.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: girl; iraq; little; mosul; religionofpieces
I know this is old but I think it is worth another look. It helps us remember the kind of enemy we fight.
1 posted on 04/27/2007 4:48:38 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

I have a signed, framed copy from mike. and yes we need to be reminded.

2 posted on 04/27/2007 5:04:44 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2
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To: Maelstorm
Thank you. While I am normally against repeat posts I had not seen this one previously.

Made the monitor get all fuzzy though...

3 posted on 04/27/2007 5:06:19 PM PDT by Utilizer (What does not kill you... - can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Utilizer

I didn’t see this till today. I didn’t even know about Michael Yon’s site. It is a great resource because the real story isn’t getting out to most people. They hear catch phrases and body counts and IEDs. They just aren’t getting what they need to grasp the great good being done.

4 posted on 04/27/2007 5:14:49 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Brave men are not afraid to stand alone with the truth.)
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To: Maelstorm

Bottom line when talking about the the US military, the US Armed forces have liberated from oppression or protected from tyranny more people than any other fighting forces in the HISTORY of mankind.

5 posted on 04/27/2007 5:16:37 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank

Exactly that is not debatable by any reasonable person.

6 posted on 04/27/2007 5:29:34 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Brave men are not afraid to stand alone with the truth.)
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To: Maelstorm

Thank you for posting this. It may be old, but it was new for me.

God bless our brave fighting men. And may He curse and smite our enemy.

7 posted on 04/27/2007 5:40:07 PM PDT by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: Maelstorm

This is amazing. I had seen this photo 2 years ago and saved a copy of it to my hard drive. Just today I dug it up and was wishing I had saved the caption with the soldier’s name. And lo and behold, here it is. You didn’t know it, but you did me a nice favor. Thanks.

8 posted on 04/27/2007 5:57:12 PM PDT by Dan Middleton (Radio...Free...Mars)
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To: Maelstorm

Thank you - this post was well worth repeating.

9 posted on 04/27/2007 6:29:13 PM PDT by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: Dan Middleton

You are welcome. It should bring us to tears the level of hurt that the left has done to the honor of this country when what we have done in Iraq, though not perfect, accomplished more good in the fight against a real and present evil than we’ve done since WWII. We did the right thing. The left has not an ill word for the for the monsters that purposely targeted that little girl along with the soldiers. They have no ill words for the marketplace bombings and shrine bombings. They think Saddam should be brought back from the dead. Terrorists are flocking to Iraq and what the left does is embolden them so more innocent people can die.

We need to find a way to respond so they know the hurt they have caused. I’m not sure what the answer is but if we leave Iraq because of them like we did in Vietnam the gloves come off where I’m concerned. I will not stand by for another generation and allow this to go unanswered. God help them if another major attack occurs in the US. God help them if they blame the US again. They call America a bully they have yet to understand the true meaning of the word!

10 posted on 04/28/2007 11:46:19 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Brave men are not afraid to stand alone with the truth.)
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