Wednesday, April 20, 2005

People Who Make a Difference

Please, check my previous post for an update on Al-Mada'en situation.

There are two types of people I meet most often. People who disagree with other people's actions and never try to make a difference, and people who disagree with other people's actions and try to make a difference. The second group are my favorites. Everyone who knows me well -- very few people -- also knows that I can't stand people who just complain. So, today is a post about people who know how to make a difference.

Last week America and the world lost a beautiful California girl, Marla Ruzicka. She made a difference in many people's lives. She was killed by a roadside blast in Baghdad on April 16. Marla Ruzicka was the founder of an American humanitarian aid group that helps Iraqi and Afghan civilian war casualties. She opposed the war, but she didn't complain about it. Instead, she worked with the civilians affected by the war.

Her friend Peter Bergen, a CNN terrorism analyst, wrote:

Marla was opposed to the Iraq war before it began, but once the war started she just wanted to help people who were hurt, not engage in a debate about the merits of the war. Beneath her Californian, happy-go-lucky demeanor, she was a hardheaded realist about what needed to be done.

The war happened. People were hurt. She wanted to help them.

Although she never said so directly -- she never had anything negative to say about anybody -- Marla had little patience for people who demonstrated against the war, and did nothing else.


Marla lit a candle instead of cursing the darkness. Maybe the people who complain daily about the war in Iraq or Afghanistan can read her story and try to make a difference.

Nobody must leave the United States to make a difference. Here's a good example:

...The popular TV program arranged for 1,300 workers to build a 4.300-square-foot home, valued at $500,000, for the parents and children of Piestewa, who was killed while driving a supply truck in southern Iraq during the first week of the war in March 2003.

Piestewa, the first Native American woman killed on foreign soil during battle, since has been elevated to cult status, especially among Native Americans and a peak and parkway were named after her in Phoenix.

Piestewa's best friend in the Army, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, contacted the program and nominated her family for the home. Lynch was severely wounded in the truck Piestewa was driving and was later freed after a daring rescue by U.S. special forces at a hospital.


See the photos.

A Texas National guard unit that returned from Kuwait were treated to makeovers courtesy of Latina magazine. Guys, don't get too happy. It was exclusively for women.

People can make a difference even when disagreeing in opinions. So, try to make a difference in someone's life today. Cook a nice meal for your spouse. It always makes your other half very happy.

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