COLLATERAL KINDNESS Tells Story of Army Interrogator Paul Holton
The recent attacks by the ISIS forces have caused widespread havoc for a lot of children in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton is concerned about the stability of the Iraqi government and the welfare of the children he has worked with through his charity Operation Give.
The liberation of Iraq and freedom for the Iraqi people came at great cost to the United States and to the men and women in the military who served there, but there is so much moreto the story than the news media would have you believe.
Did you know that the average Iraqi greatly appreciates the sacrifices the U.S. made and all of the good that was done to help make Iraq safer and to give the people there a fresh start and a hope for a brighter future? Did you know that the majority of Iraqis are wonderful, loving, hospitable people who desire many of the same things we do?
Collateral Kindness is the untold story of Paul Holton, chief warrant officer and army interrogator, and his interactions with the Iraqi people-their warmth and kindness, their appreciation, and their deep love and respect for the U.S. soldier, now seen in ways that the average American never knew about. Collateral Kindness provides a glimpse of one soldier's successful efforts to win the Iraqis' hearts and minds.
"There is a personal, humanistic side to the war not depicted in any other stories coming out of Iraq. We, the U.S. military, were so successful in breaking through language and cultural barriers with the Iraqi people and accomplished so much good that has never been reported."
True stories of the Iraqi war are now accounted for in "Collateral Kindness: The True Story of an Army Interrogator in Iraq." This is the other, more positive and more human side of the story never told about what the army was really doing there.
About Collateral Kindness: Collateral Kindness is the gripping, heartwarming story of US Army interrogator Paul Holton's soul-searching personal battles during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Every day, Paul faced down his enemies, but when he had to face a suffering Iraqi child behind a barbed-wire fence, his life changed. This fascinating account from the front lines illustrates the simple truth that kindness can heal even the deepest wound.
About Paul Holton: Paul Holton, better known as "Chief Wiggles," is the founder of Operation Give, a humanitarian organization that ships, school supplies, toys, medical supplies, shoes, clothing, and sports equipment to children in war-torn and devastated nations through the world, especially where the US military is serving. Many became acquainted with Chief Wiggles through his detailed and inspiring wartime "blog" on the internet written during his deployments to the Middle East. As a CW5 Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army for The Past 41 years, he has served as an interrogator and Korean linguist. He has been to Iraq three times and to South Korea more than 50 times, functioning as an interrogation team chief, interpreter, de-briefer, and most recently as the 8th Army Commander's Key leader engagement officer in South Korea, where he is currently serving. Holton was sent to the Middle East in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, where he screened and interrogated hundreds of Iraqis. Saving Babylon recounts his experiences in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the start of the war in 2003, through the capture of Saddam Hussein, and then through the release of most prisoners and well into the rebuilding phase of the conflict. Paul has worked for FedEx for The Past 21 years, and is currently a Worldwide Account Manager. He has also taught Supply Chain management, Internet Marketing, and Operation Management at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, as an adjunct professor. He is the father of four children and resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Keeyeon.