I know we’re not supposed to do Valentine’s Day, because it’s a goyish thing, but social phenomena are important, and this holiday, when an entire culture pretends with all its might to feel romantic on cue, is possibly the most important of all.
So here are U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Caroline Keller and Chaplain (Maj.) Michael King, attached to 17th Fires Brigade (FiB), 1st Infantry Division, serving root beer floats to celebrate Valentine’s day on Camp Basra, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2010.
“Thunderbolt Floats” have become a tradition to boost the morale of personnel assigned to the 17th FiB.
Oh, yeah, I can feel my morale boosting just watching these images. It sucks to be a soldier anywhere, but to soldier for an empire with fronts around the globe sucks the worst.
Also, I hate root beer and I’m not crazy about floats. Give me a box of heart shaped brownies and let me eat myself into near-diabetic coma, so I can forget I’m in Camp Basra.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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