Appreciate Your Freedoms
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2004
An American Soldier Has A Unique Perspective On Iraq
By Mort Crim
The story of Iraq is a tale of two countries.
There's the one we see in the news: fighting, killing and conflict. That Iraq is all too real, but so is the other Iraq -- one our soldiers see every day. And we need to know about this other Iraq to fully understand what's happening there.
Rocky Eady of Greenville, Ala., knows about that Iraq. He's just returned from 14 months there, assigned to transportation with the Army. And what did he transport around the country? Not missiles or bombs or guns. Rocky and his unit moved food and water to the people of Iraq. Their job was to ease the hunger and pain brought on by months of war.
But Rocky Eady discovered another kind of hunger among the Iraqis: a deep hunger for freedom.
They may practice different religions and wear different kinds of clothing, but behind those differences, Rocky discovered Iraqis are very much like us. They want what people everywhere want: A chance to raise their children in a safe environment, to have a job, to achieve their dreams. They want to be free and Rocky got the distinct impression that most of them are glad we came and appreciate what we're doing.
Today's thought: Nothing makes us appreciate our freedoms like living among those who've never had them.