posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 08:24 AM
I wonder if i am the only person here hoping that this is just a case of soldiers being kind to Iraqi children, or whether it is commonplace over
there to use the "sandbagging" method of providing yourself extra security?
I can feel the flak coming for this one already, but for anyone not familiar with this term, "sandbagging" as it is commonly called is where
soldiers out on foot patrol, offer the local kids sweets and of course kids love sweets so they come flocking round the soldiers and follow them about
the streets hoping for more. Result.....well with terrorists that may have at least a few morals (which is'nt often btw) they are reluctant to
detonate a bomb when there are children about, or take a sniper shot in fear of hitting a kid.
It was often used in N. Ireland and i know of it being used in other conflicts around the world too.
I'm not saying that soldiers don't give out sweets purely out of kindness, they certainly do, i have done this many times because its always a
pleasure to see little ones enjoying something they might not otherwise get, plus its a great way of building friendships with local communities.
I just hope soldiers who work in these sort of areas don't fall into the trap of thinking the terrorists there will give a damn if they hit a kid or