A happy new year indeed for Baby Noor

I don’t know how many of you are following the story, but there’s no more heartening way to kick off the new year than to hear about Baby Noor arriving in our fair city.

The ailing infant who captured the hearts of Georgia National Guardsmen in Iraq arrived in Atlanta Saturday after flying thousands of miles, moving a huge step closer to life-changing medical help.

Cradled by her grandmother, 3-month-old Noor al-Zahra rode up an escalator at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with her father just after 4 p.m. As bystanders applauded, they strode past television cameras and met a metro Atlanta family that has agreed to house them several weeks, while doctors at Children

9 Comments so far

  1. usanumber1 (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

    This is definately not a PR move.

  2. CRITIC OF USANUMBER1 (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    Nice post. Thanks for mentioning this great story. As for “usanumber1” I have to scratch my head and wonder what kind of person cynically dismisses such a story as a shallow attempt to exploit PR.

    This guy misspells definitely (TWICE!) and then expects me to accept his analytical skills? Not likely.

  3. John (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

    USA#1, I hope you find some measure of happiness in the New Year. (Hint: Don’t try to politicize every little thing.)

  4. usabumber1 (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

    Right. Sorry for misspellings. My point must be invalid.
    I will stop trying to politicize a war. There is nothing political about it.
    You guyz rock.

  5. CRITIC OF USANUMBER1 (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    “My point must be invalid.”

    I concur.

  6. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    I suspect that some, maybe even most of the pop stars who participated in Live 8 did it at least partially for selfish, career-promoting reasons.

    But if the net result of Live 8 is that Ghana’s healthy ministry has a few thousands dollars more to spend on vaccines this year, then so what. Help is not always cancelled out by the mixed or ill-motives of the helper.

    I confess that I’ve not read beyond the headline of any story involving Baby Noor, but I’m almost certain that if it involves generous, kind acts by U.S. servicemen in Iraq, that someone in the Pentagon’s media office is attempting to milk it for all it’s worth. That’s what they’re paid to do.

    Does that make the medical help that Noor is receiving any less helpful? Of course not.

  7. Daniel (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    Andisheh, I of course agree with you. And the fact that some people might want to applaud this sort of behavior (out of everyone involved) regardless of the motive is a good thing. It encourages. And encouraging good behavior and acts of kindness is, well, a good thing.

    (I need a word other than ‘good’)

  8. phil (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    Of course I agree with you (that is, that preserving the life of an imperilled person is an unqualified good thing).

    On the other hand, mindless applauding of an carefully manipulated pr effort (“dittoing” the administration, if you pardon the expression) is dangerous, short-sighted, and foolish. It’s also how we got ourselves into this mess into the first place.

  9. Daniel (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Phil, I agree that mindless applauding of a pr effort is not useful. But I don’t think that’s what I was doing. I didn’t link to any (Bush) administration information. I linked to AJC information and to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta information.

    And, I think, mindful applauding of good efforts by good people is extremely useful. Mindless (and I don’t think you’re doing this, Phil) attacking of good acts simply because they’re performed by (or may benefit) someone you disagree with is pretty dangerous also.

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