Thank You Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia!!
Colonel Abbas Fadhil, Iraqi Base Commander at Tadji Military Base, presented a donation to Col. Paul Linkenhoker, the Coalition Commander at Tadji, at their staff meeting on September 5, 2005. The money was collected by Col. Fadhil and his men to go toward helping the victims of Hurricane Fatrina. The money collected represents over a months pay to the Iraqi soldiers.
What an amazing display of kindness and generosity. After Col. Fadhil gave his donation to Col. Linkenhoker, he read the following letter:
“I am Colonel Abbas Fadhil; Tadji Military Base Commander, Abbas wrote. On behalf of myself and all the People of Tadji Military Base; I would like to console the American People and Government for getting this horrible disaster. So we would like to donate 1.000.000 Iraqi Dinars to help the government and the People also I would like to console all the ASTs who helped us rebuilding our country and our Army. We appreciate the America’s help and support. Thank you.”
I would love to be able to personally thank Colonel Fadhil and his men!. I would also like to personally thank the governments and people of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Of all those generous people who donated to the Hurricane Katrina victims, the kind and generous donations from these four countries says a lot for human compassion.
Often we forget about the meaning of compassion and sacrifice. We forget that there are those whose stations in life are far less fortunate than ours. Economically and otherwise we are considered to be the richest nation in the world right now.
I prefer to think that with friends like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, we have learned a great deal more about real wealth. We have been given freely the wealth of compassion and friendship that allows one to see beyond their own tragedy and give to another in their moment of need! How very fortunate we are for such friends.
I want to thank Blackfive. I first found out about this story at his site.