Merci, Mon Ami, Merci

A French soldierAs someone of French extraction, I am often saddened by the France of today. So it is with joy I bring these thoughts from a French military man who is currently serving alongside US forces in Afghanistan (HT: Anchoress):

We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while – they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army – one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”.

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A passing American helicopter stops near a stranded vehicle just to check that everything is alright; an American combat team will rush to support ours before even knowing how dangerous the mission is – from what we have been given to witness, the American soldier is a beautiful and worthy heir to those who liberated France and Europe.

The whole article is worth reading (original version in French is also available from that same page).