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Michael Yon captures a joyful moment of history

Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the … Continue reading

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Three Marks on the Horizon – another article from Michael Yon

Michael Yon reports: "Our military has increasing moral authority in Iraq, but the same cannot be said for our government at home…" "…Some of our commanders could probably run for local offices in Iraq, and win. To say there has … Continue reading

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Iraqi Tragedy concludes in Anbar Province

Left to Right: Lieutenant Colonel Doug Crissman; General Hamid; Sayed the interpreter. Picture taken seconds before the arrest Lieutenant Colonel Doug Crissman arrests Iraqi hero General Hamid and averts a bloodbath. This is a story you will probably never see … Continue reading

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Another poignant story from Michael Yon

Desires of the Human Heart

In a Baghdad neighborhood where residents have been subject to methodical slaughter, the 1-4 Cavalry from Fort Riley, Kansas has found an abandoned Christian college to be an island in the storm.

Michael captures the desolation and the toll of human life from the continuing civil war in words and photos that evoke the End of Days.

"Most of the families in the vicinity have fled. People are murdered nearby every day, and during just one of the days I was with 1-4 Cavalry, they reported finding three murder victims. The Iraqi police and our soldiers told me that murders are down since the security plan began, yet our people still found fourteen human bodies over the period of one week. The enemy kills entire families including small children."

"The people who could leave have mostly gone. Many of the wealthy and the educated have abandoned Iraq. The lights rarely come on here."

And yet Michael writes,

"And on these empty streets, a practiced eye regards the slivers of hope that are strewn among all the chards of broken glass."

Whatever the result from this war, we are incredibly indebted to Michael Yon and the others who bring us the ground-level view of soldiers dealing with a disintegrating civilization.

Civilizations have fallen into barbarism in past ages and we have evidently not learned enough to prevent this from happening again.

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