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A heartwarming tale of victory and empowerment

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By See-Dubya  •  June 20, 2008 03:26 PM

If this picture of a U.S. Marine training an Iraqi woman to shoot doesn’t warm your heart, you’re not a real conservative:

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Even better is the story behind it. Here’s the Marine Corps press release:

To thoroughly train the new Sisters to assist Iraqi Police, the Sisters studied topics such as police ethics, human rights, women’s issues, working in a terrorist environment, female searches and first aid. The Sisters also performed live-fire training with AK-47 rifles and 9mm pistols as a confidence booster. The final stage before graduation involved putting their newly learned skills to the test with on-the-job training at entry control points to Ferris Town.

Ain’t feminism grand? Real feminism, I mean?

One of the new graduates said the Iraqi Police of Ferris Town told her about this job opportunity. She said this is her first job and it is a new challenge that she is happy and brave enough to take on.

“I joined to help the Iraqi Police and to help my family,” she said. “I’m proud to get this job. I’m proud to help the Iraqi Police. I’m going to make the city safer. I can prevent illegal passengers in the city. I’m so proud, I’m so happy.”

Somewhere, I think Fern Holland is smiling.

If you want more good news, here’s another story about our closing down and de-militarizing a base in Al-Anbar.

P.S. I once held a Glock like the Sister in the burqa is doing, and I still have a scar on my thumb-knuckle to prove it. It was embarrassing turning in a rental gun with blood on it.

Actually, that happened to me twice. I’m kind of dumb that way.

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{Post by See-Dubya. The photo I used on the front page was taken by Lance Cpl. Albert F. Hunt, and I assume he took the Glock picture as well. Hat tip to Caffeinated Thoughts and Foxfier.}

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