Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Iraq thanks US troops

Sunday, February 26th, 2006 11:35 am by Neal

Two weeks ago, published this letter from the Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Iraq, thanking the men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Today, the New York post has an editorial, “Unfit to Print?” on the fact that this good news has gone unreported in the MSM. The Post notes,

Inspiring stuff. So shouldn’t Americans hear about it?

Don’t the troops deserve to?

As traditional news outlets consider how to compete with Internet-driven media into the future, they might consider why it is Americans have to turn to blogs and e-mail to learn about what our troops are accomplishing.

Across Iraq, as Iraqis and Americans together build bulwarks against jihadi violence, their stories are lost to al Qaeda’s bombs, which are endlessly rebroadcast around the world.

If the good guys could count on the same kind of press, the long road toward a stable Iraqi nation might seem not quite so arduous.

Indeed. The agenda-driven MSM routinely ignores positive news from Iraq and censors “politically-incorrect” news, but blogs and talk radio have been there to fill in. Consider the relatively few US newspapers that published the Muhammad Cartoons: Americans who wanted to see those images had little choice but to check out the blogs who refused to cower to the intimidation of the Islamists. The fact is, the US media avoided showing the cartoons because they were afraid. They were intimidated by threats of violence, and they censored the images out of fear.

So it goes with good news coming out of Iraq. Those stories are ignored in the mainstream media, yet leading publications (e.g., “New York Times”) routinely manipulate, omit, and spin information to discredit our troops and their efforts in Iraq.

Although the Mayor’s letter is a couple of weeks old, we publish it here in its entirety so that you, dear reader, may read what the MSM has deemed “unfit” for your consumption, and as a tribute to the good work being done by the men and women of the US armed forces.

In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them.

I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.

The leaders of this Regiment; COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom. Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.

Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq

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