Thursday, November 08, 2007

Sign of Hope

You won't find this photograph on the front page of the New York Times or the Washington Post, even though Michael Yon, the photographer and blogger who snapped this in Baghdad, is offering it free of charge to any news agency to use:


About this photograph, Michael Yon writes:
A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from “Chosen” Company 2-12 Infantry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.

The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ” Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.” Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.” The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers.


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