Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Enemy in Afghanistan

This should tell you all you need to know about the enemy in Afghanistan. Buried in this story is mention of an attack on some Afghans who work for the UN Mine Action Center. The Mine Action Center has a single purpose - protect everyone from the landmines that are sown across Afghanistan. The Soviets left millions of mines in place when they withdrew, and the fight between the Taliban and the Afghan Government/Northern Alliance moved many of them around, and brought even more mines into the country. Every week I was at Bagram we had Afghans come to us for medical help as a result of mine-strikes. Too damn many were children. And too damn many died. We also had soldiers hurt and killed in minestrikes as well. Targeting those who seek to protect people from this hazard is one of the most revealing things the enemy could have done. They have not shown themselves to be the enemies of America. They have not shown themselves to be the enemies of Afghanistan. They have shown themselves to be the enemies of all that is good and decent in the whole world. More on this later.

I have not been truly angry since I came home - I am now.


These 2 men went from school to school teaching kids about recognizing and avoiding mines and unexploded munitions. These are the people the enemy tries to kill.

UPDATE II: A sad, but ultimately uplifting example.


Blogger Bruce said...

That's absolutely sick to be targeting these people. It's essentially targeting their own people, their own children, even. Hopefully the Afghans fully understand this and do everything possible not to shelter these people.

9:31 PM  
Blogger jean-pierre said...

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10:14 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...

This is the face of evil. Look at it, and don't ever forget.

Thanks for sharing.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Buried in what story? Is there supposed to be a link there? I don't find it. This is what you should expect though. Our enemies are utter barbarians completely untainted by civilization and its influences.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Pixy Misa said...

Psst, Publius. Click on the "This". Veru first word.

1:37 AM  

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