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Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee and his dog Lex against jihad

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Feb 28, 2008 at 16:02

Hi, Doc Tater !

Thanks for your all too kind words. But I am afraid I don't deserve them at all.

. I've always been greatly impressed by your knowledge of Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Cypriot history. Interesting that this week you pop up again, and the Turks have just moved 1000's of troops into Iraqi Kurdistan. We could spend hours....>

Yes, you're right. We could .... But I presume I would do a better job down there fighting the Turkish barbarians than here .

< But this is about dogs of war. Back around Christmas there was a wonderful newspeice on cnn.com about a bomb-sniffing dog handled by a US military man, who were both blown up by an IED. I can't recall if it was in Iraq or Pakistan, but it was one of those two places. The soldier died, but the dog survived. When medics came, the dog wouldn't let them near his human friend, and it was with some difficulty that they controlled the injured dog sufficiently that the soldier could be reached by first responders. He was still trying to protect his master, in spite of having just been severely injured himself.

The dog went back to the US, was treated, and got to meet the family of his soldier partner for the first time. There is video of him limping around an obstacle course during his rehab period, and video of him with the children in the fallen soldier's family. The dead doldier's father said that when the dog visited their family, it was as though part of his son came home with the dog. I'm sure that is true.

With some difficulty, the soldier's family was able to convince the government to allow the dog to be discharged to live with them. They got to enjoy Christmas together.

I can't tell you how to find a link to that story, but if you find it I'm sure you'll love it as I did. It was my favorite Christmas story this year.>

This is the most moving story I have heard of for years, dear friend! Incredible! After reading it I just couldn't stop thinking of it ! So thank you so much!

I have found some links. The brave soldier's name was Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee. He served in the 3/14 G Battery, 3rd platoon in Falluja when he was killed on March 21st 2007 in a mortar attack. His wonderful German shepherd dog is called Lex.
http://iraq.pigstye.net/article.php/LeeDustinJerome

Some pictures of both at :

http://dustinjeromelee.blogspot.com/

This tragic story shows that the US military are using dogs against jihad though. So now the question is only , are they doing it on a sufficient scale as the Israelis do?

Thanks again for the hint. I have always been interested in the subject. I am impressed by dogs and admire them and now after I learned this story I will respect and admire them even more - our best friends in the war on sickening Moslem jihad.

I have seen once a documentary on dogs of war during both WWI and WWII. The battles fought by dogs for us humans belong to the most amazing and unknown chapter of warfare.

During WWII the Russians had suicide dogs which they used against German tanks. They were quite effective although it was no doubt very cruel. They taught them that food was always to be found under tanks. So before action they didn't give them food and then sent them out with magnetic bombs attached against German tanks.

Best regards, my friend ,

Ianus

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