Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I believe essay

1. A link to the essay
2. Author
by 3. Title

Untold Stories of Kindness

4. One sentence of what the belief is
I believe in mankind -- not gods, not devils, not angels and not spirits. I saw man's bravery from both soldier and civilian, and I saw horror and destruction from them, too.
5. 2 examples from the story that showed their belief
A)My unit fought Zarqawi-backed insurgents in a firefight that lasted almost eight hours. Then people moved quickly to help out
B)I saw men moved by the death of innocents and was with those same men when they killed those responsible.
6. 1 favorite passage
I don't justify our reasons for this war -- that's not a soldier's luxury -- and I don't justify what the insurgents have done to the Iraqis. But the passion of all sides -- Iraqi, American, ally and insurgent -- shows that if man can redirect his energies to one of acceptance and not intolerance, we can bring the zealot, the politician, the soldier and the outsider to a place where man is just that: man.

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