I am impressed with his essay, very interesting. I am surprised he made it out of the USA- wonder how he did that. You would think he would have
raised flags with DHS, traveling to the Middle East at his age.
"AN ESSAY WITH A DIFFERENCE"
"There is a struggle in Iraq between good and evil, between those striving for freedom and liberty and those striving for death and destruction. You
are aware of the heinous acts of the terrorists: women and children massacred, innocent aid workers decapitated, indiscriminate murder.
You are also aware of the heroic aspirations of the Iraqi people: liberty, democracy, normality. Those terrorists are not human but pure evil. For
their goals to be thwarted, decent individuals must answer justice’s call for help . . . so I will.
Life is not about money, fame, or power. Life is about combating the forces of evil in the world, promoting justice, helping the misfortunate, and
improving the welfare of our fellow man. Progress requires that we commit ourselves to such goals.
I know I can’t do much. I know I can’t stop all the carnage and save the innocent. But I also know I can’t just sit here.
I feel guilty living in a big house, driving a nice car, and going to a great school. I feel guilty hanging out with friends in a café without the
fear of a suicide bomber present. I feel guilty enjoying the multitude of blessings, which I did nothing to deserve, while people in Iraq, many of
them much better then me, are in terrible anguish.
Going to Iraq will broaden my mind. We kids at Pine Crest (school) live such sheltered lives. I want to experience during my Christmas the same
hardships ordinary Iraqis experience. I will give my mind, body and spirit to helping Iraqis to rebuild their lives. Hopefully I will get the chance
to build houses, distribute food supplies, and bring a smile or two to some poor children. I know going to Iraq will be incredibly risky.
Nevertheless, I will go there to love and help my neighbour in distress. If that endangers my life, so be it."