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[COMMENT: Our soldiers on the ground and many others
like them, are the best missionaries for America there are. God
grant that our government and commerce begin to represent the Biblical
foundations of America, openly and unabashed. At any cost to ourselves.
Yes, there is an actual, "Baghdad
There is a bit of a difference, though from the traditional "ER"
what we see on Television.
"Baghdad ER" is staffed my angels!
urgently needed medical care and was taken in to get checked. In minutes I was
on a table being treated with the best medical care in the Middle East.
In a country where people don't go to the Hospital because they see it,
correctly as a place where disease congregates and where you will get sick just
by going, the irony was amazing.
Here in the center of a war zone was an
oasis of kindness, care and love.
"Baghdad ER", has a history, though. It
is technically called the Ibn Sina Hospital named after an early Russian born
Arab medical practitioner.
In 1974, Saddam Hussein took it over and it
became the hospital for his Baath Party members only.
A place on the wall
of "Baghdad ER" dated April, 2003 reads, "Coalition forces in the Spirit of the
original founders of Ibin Sina Hospital provide excellent care to all regardless
of faith, color or religion"
Sitting on the bed, in a hospital the
middle of Baghdad, Iraq listening as Dr. Dave Barry explained to me what his
tests were showing; I had to fight to keep the tears back.
him were his team of "kids", with the brightest smiles, sweetest faces and
kindest words I could imagine.
As they treated me they told the stories
of who comes into "Baghdad ER", they range from the much diminished US Soldiers
in to treat their injuries, to regular Iraqi and other terrorists treated just
like any other to the daily influx of Iraqis needing emergency care.
Iraqis are always so grateful" says one 32 year old attendant. "The terrorists
just get quiet and don't say anything. I am sure they are shocked that we treat
them as well as the others when just minutes before they were trying to kill
I ended up staying the night with those "angels" and kept looking
across the room and saying to myself "I just love these kids'.
Try to say
"thank you" and the only response you get is "Just doing our job, sir, just
doing our job"
Let the world say what it may about America, but where in
there world are there people who liberate a nation, treat their enemies, let
themselves be criticized for doing right in the face of evil and just let it go
with "just doing our job, Sir, just doing our job"
In 1835, Frenchman
Alexis de Tocqueville travelled across the then young United States and penned a
book entitled "Democracy in America".
He was puzzled as was much of the
"old world" as to how this upstart country across the Atlantic was rising so
His conclusion which rings today as true as it did then, was
simple and profound.
"America is great" he said "because America is
good. If she ever ceases to be good she will no longer be great".
across the room at the "Baghdad ER" angels, all just "doing their job", I was
reminded of his words.
The world, as it was two centuries ago cannot
figure America out, but her secret is here in Baghdad for all to see.
Treating her enemies, letting those she liberated berate her and apologizing for
all the good she does, America just does what keeps making here great and the
world stands by in awe at the power of that goodness, which try as it can it
God bless all the
"Baghdad ER" angels and all that serve with them.
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Date Posted - 03/17/2009 - Date
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