Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I love stories like this XVII

Can you imagine yourself in the place of Pfc Rob Jacobs in Korea during mail call? He gets the largest packet of letters from the States and wonders if somebody hasn't made a mistake. No, they're all addressed to him. His buddies kid him about all the girlfriends he's left hanging back home and now the chickens have come home to roost. Very funny.

Now he opens the first letter and reads, "I strongly feel this war is pointless." Who's writing this? Hmmm, the penmanship is like a kid's. It is a kid, a sixth-grader from some school in Brooklyn. What do these others say?

One letter says that because President Bush was re-elected, "
only 50 or 100 [soldiers] will survive." Another decries that Jacobs is "being forced to kill innocent people." Still another says that soldiers are "destroying holy places like mosques." Mosques? There aren't any mosques in South Korea!

It was a class project headed by sixth grade teacher, Alex Kunhardt, at JHS 51 in Park Slope, New York. Pfc Jacobs hopes that the kids were coached by the teacher or by their parents. I predict that if the parents are ever interviewed about the letters their children wrote that they'll be proud as can be of the national attention.

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