Holiday cards will soon be pouring into mailboxes across America. But some families might be a little shocked when their season’s greetings arrive adorned with bombs and gunmen, and the words “Greetings from Fallujah” spelled out against the backdrop of a shattered city skyline.
Marines killing time in the aftermath of last month’s ferocious battle for the Iraqi rebel stronghold have spun a grim joke into an unlikely source of holiday cheer.
Marine James Brisch, a corporal with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines’ Charlie Company, takes postcard-sized pieces of cardboard cut from provisions boxes and carefully inks in Fallujah’s low, stubby skyline underneath a generic greeting: Merry Christmas from Fallujah.
He then gives them to other members of his squad to colour in and personalise – most often with bombs, flames or bullet holes – before writing a message to their families on the other side and putting them in the mail.
No doubt we’ll hear about how this underscores how horrible war is and the cost it’s exacting on our young men and women.
Very Oohrah. (via FR)