This is one of they very few photos out of Iraq that allow me to hold onto a little bit of hope. I am not naive about the situation, day in and day out I see horriffic images coming from Iraq and it starts to wear you down after a while. But not this photo, this photo allows for a little bit of peace in a chaotic world. One of the things that I truly love about this image is that the soldier has removed his glove to shake the little boy's hand, I think that action alone really speaks to the power of this image.
172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team soldiers greet a young Iraqi boy in central Baghdad's Karradah district, in this Oct. 27, 2006, file photo.