My wife alerted me to this Salon article. It details an attempt by US soldiers to win hearts and minds by handing out soccer balls. I don't want to spoil it. I'm sure a clever anti-war cynic would expound on how this is a metaphor, but all I'll say is: Make sure you read the "official" response at the end of the article. It's scary it's so... this-is-my-official-position-and-I-refuse-to-use-common-sense.