There are people that constantly see the Iraqis as either terrorists or victims. Often we hear how the Iraqis see Americans as occupiers of their nation and want them out. We also hear how Iraqis are Muslims that hate the American people, because we are rich, greedy, and imperialistic.
They may not use these exact words, but the inferences are there and when they are, they are strong.
The media perpetuates this myth by its often skewed and sensational reporting. Rarely do we hear about the good things that transpire in that nation, but rather we hear about Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and the other things that paint American troops in a bad light. In short, it's the old media adage: If it bleeds, it leads.
This is precisely why you will not likely see this story on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or any of the print media, anytime soon. Give it a look and let's just see if we can see it on the news.
Hat Tip: Greg
UPDATE: Evidently there's an update to this story by Mr. Lowry.
You can read it here.
In closing, I'll say that Iraqi soldiers do not make the best money and for them to come up with $1000, is an amazing gesture within itself. It may not be a lot money from our standpoint, but it's the thought that counts. And in this case, it means everything.
Hat Tip for this one: Mustang of Social Sense. (If you are reading this blog and not reading his, you have to ask yourself -- Why not?)