Peace Missions in Iraq are there to help, but Iraqis must also help themselves a little bit...
During my work at 424 NATO General Military Hospital in Thessaloniki,
Greece, as a SpR, I had the privilege to perform surgical examinations and
operations on hundreds of officers and soldiers, primarily of the Greek
Army, who were coming from, or were about to go to, Peace Missions abroad.
I can assure you that nobody felt like an "invader" who was about to
engage in a process of "ethnic cleansing of true Iraqis" or Bosnians, or
Albanians, or Afghanis, as Dr Waseem Jeries insinuates.
They were young men, who went out there, leaving their families
behind, risking their lives, in order to protect these populations, help
them build schools, libraries, factories, hospitals, organize their public
services, maximize their production efficiency, etc
Part of their mission was to prevent them from killing each other!
It seems they did not abandon this practice...
Blaming the Peace Forces for these assassinations or the frequent car
bombings against civilians is insulting.
We are there to help, but they must also help themselves a little
Competing interests: Mr Stavros Saripanidis has served as a Military Doctor in the Greek Army, ranked second, after exams, at NATO forces medical doctor admissibility test, and has worked, as a civilian medical doctor, at 424 NATO General Military Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece.