I find the story compelling because it is told first hand; not through ten layers of editors and producers at a MSM outlet and not through the eyes of some blogger 10,000 miles away. I struggle to find a quote from the story, as the entire text is quotable. Please follow the link and read it yourself. Just in case you don't, here are two sections:
He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital. She didn't make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her.and
One thing seems certain; the people in that neighborhood share our feelings about the terrorists. We are going to go back there, and if any terrorists come out, the soldiers hope to find them. Everybody is still very angry that the insurgents attacked us when the kids were around. Their day will come.I don't know what your view on the Iraq war is. You may think prudent and necessary or you may abhor it with every fiber of your being. If it matters to you, I was highly skeptical of the U.S. plan in the beginning, but recent events have suggested to me that I may have been shortsighted. But independent of your opinion and mine, please let it be clear the forms of evil that exist in this world.
This little girl didn't die because of President Bush. She didn't die because of America. She died because some cowardly, reprehensible, pathetic excuses for humans specifically drove a car full of explosives at her. They could have waited. She wasn't an innocent bystander. She was a specific target, who was picked to engender support for an immoral cause.
I have no idea of what the future holds in Iraq, though recent events give cause for hope. But if the world is a just place, then the kinds of people who would commit such an act must fail. And they must fail utterly. I hope against hope that the Iraqi people will come to see that. When they do, they will have already won.