Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Sunday, January 16, 2005

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

A great story of the good work our Marines are doing to help build trust and win the hearts and minds of Iraqi's.

During this deployment the Marines have expanded the packages to include hygiene gear, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, as well as many other items received in care packages, added Escalderon, 35, a native of Santee, Calif.

The Iraqis have been more willing to cooperate with the coalition forces since the unit has began to offer these small items to better the welfare of the locals.

"It has really helped with the locals perception of us, showing them we are the 'good guys,'" said Escalderon. "These people are used to only bad things happening when people with guns show up at their door. We are trying to show them we are friendly and want to help them".

The Iraqi's show their appreciation by pointing out I.E.D's and the houses where the insurgents live.

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