Summary: The ability of Iraqis to work together to improve their situation increases nearly every day. Recently, an Iraqi Air Force transport plane took five children and their families to Turkey where doctors helped repair the children's eyesight.
The Pentagon Channel shows a television program each day that I enjoy watching when I get a chance, called Freedom Journal Iraq. I’ve learned such things as that an oil production site was recently completed in Um Kasr, that several large weapons stockpiles have been found, and that Iraqi policemen and soldiers are becoming better trained and more able to maintain order and promote growth and prosperity in their country.
But the most touching story I heard was about five children who were recently flown to Turkey for eye surgery. After receiving permission from the Iraqi Defense Minister, and Iraqi Air Force crew flew an Iraqi C-130 airplane to Turkey with the five eye patients and their families. The video taken of the families during the trip showed marked relief and happiness on their faces as their children underwent various successful surgeries.
All of the children showed a new inquisitiveness about life following their operations. One child walked about the airplane, looking at everything and touching nearly everything he saw, according to the report. One child, who had had a particularly bad problem with his eyesight prior to surgery, enjoyed simply sitting in his father’s lap, touching every part of his face and giving him an occasional hug. For the first time in his life, he was able to say “Daddy, I can see your face now!”
Iraq is improving all the time.
You know, that would have made a really good story for the America evening news. But I guess they had more important things to report about.