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teacher and student connect on their experiences in Iraq

Va. Teacher Who Served in Iraq Forges Ties With Baghdad Teen

By Tara BahrampourWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 3, 2007; Page A01
One day last fall, Felix Herrera was teaching science at Wakefield High School when a helicopter rumbled overhead. The Army reservist’s war instincts kicked in: His adrenaline surged, and his eyes shot to the window.

Nothing out there. Most students had not even noticed the chopper. But one had. Herrera exchanged glances with the 14-year-old from Baghdad.

That’s how my country sounds, Mister,” Ameer Abdalameer said.
“I know,” the teacher said.

Herrera has served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. His English for Speakers of Other Languages class, which a reporter observed over several months, has many teenagers who have arrived in Arlington County from homelands torn by civil strife or war.
In the class, they learn not only English, science and math but also deeper lessons about how to forge an identity and a future in an uncertain world. Ameer came to the United States after war blasted his life apart, and he found an unlikely mentor: a teacher who shared his story in more ways than one.

Herrera, 35, who started working at Wakefield last fall, does not hide his military service. The staff sergeant keeps his hair shorn to a tight fuzz. His classroom wall displays pictures of soldiers in camouflage, including himself, some holding semiautomatics.
His military background fascinates many students. But some seem troubled, too.

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

2 comments on “teacher and student connect on their experiences in Iraq

  1. Ian Bach
    June 4, 2007

    The propaganda war waged by the terrorists has brain washed Muslim minds especially the young ones. This will effect the way they think the rest of their lives….. case and point below

    I speak some german and have dated 3 german girls. when the WW2 discusions would come up most the germans I make put hteir heads down and have a look of disgust and regret. But these are the generations born after WW2.

    When I was flying soaring airplanes with old german WW2 pilots the discussion of Jews would never come up when it was the whole group, which included many ethnic nationalities. But on a few occassions when it was just me and the Germans (my real last name is VERY German) they would freely talk about the Jewish people in a bad light. These german pilots were very young most in teens some as young as 14 when they had been exposed to te Nazi anti jewish propaganda. Also another note the Hitlers Book Mian Kampf has been found amoungs Muslims extremist’s documents in pakistan and south west afghanistan. Propaganda seems to work on a generational basis in most cases. We need the next generation of Muslims to have a good view of the world and we need to counter and stop the Terrorists propaganda. Each day we don’t creates more and mroe extremists/terrorists.


  2. Ian Bach
    June 6, 2007

    From Anon – Hmmm.. interesting.


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