Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Thursday "toy"

I rather like this picture. It is a sort of modern-day version of beauty and the beast - the great, growling war machine, bristling with weapons, counterpoised with the children at play. But there is no terror here. The children are not cowering from the "trigger-happy" Yanks, that some sections of the media would have you believe populate the entire US military. They are clearly familiar with the vehicle and the little girl on the right of the picture seems quite pleased to see it.

The caption reads, in part, "Iraqi children run out to greet US Army Soldiers returning to base in a Stryker armored vehicle after conducting a patrol in Badush west of Mosul, Iraq, June 16, 2006. The Soldiers are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Wainwright, Alaska."

This is another DoD photo and it was taken by Tech. Sgt Jeremy T. Lock, US Air Force on 21 May 2006. It affords a little relief to the gloom and unpleasantness of the last few days. As always, click on the picture to enlarge it.


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