Saturday, October 22, 2005

Controversy, vets and poster

There is a controversy going on. Some of the Afghans I talked to said that the Taliban deserved what they got. One mentioned that car bombs are bad and why is the Taliban getting upset? What does a suicide bomber looks like after he perpetrates his evil deed? They blasphemed Islam and put Afghanistan through hell, so it is pay back. A few soldiers said we were giving them a Viking warrior funeral. Yes, it is against the Geneva War Convention, some soldiers are saying that the reporter is making a quick buck that and is out to crap on the US Army. I say there is nothing off the record with the press around, so I will do my research on an embedded reporter. As a soldier, I might be his next meal ticket or victim, so I will mind my P’s and Q’s around the press.

The VFW has an article about Vietnam vetrans who are still serving. It is an interesting contrast and shows how time changes or don't change the situation.

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Afghan Anti-opium poster

Postscript: Over at the Intel dump, an intelligent analysis is put forth and at StrategyPage tells what is the impact in the Islamic world. Trust me the everyday Afghan does not give a rat’s ass what happens to the Taliban. There are no big demonstrations by the Afghans going on right now. The Afghans just want to crawl out of the 14th century that was imposed on by the Taliban. The Taliban had their chance to rule Afghanistan and they blew it. Now they are assassinating Mullahs (leading Muslim clerics) Non Governmental (doctors and nurses) charity workers and government officials. What a bush of ass hats.

3 Comments:

Blogger strykeraunt said...

Thanks for the link to the Jason Coleman site. If that Martinkus reporter is the same guy I read about approximatel a year ago, then he is definitely suspect (There was something really creepy about the way he claims he was released from his kidnappers. If he was imbedded with the U.S. Army then it is unfortunate that there was not a more thorough background check on him first.

Your approach with regards to reporters is a good one (minding the Ps and Qs), because a good (bad) reporter can take intentions that are good and honorable, and twist them in a way that better fits their purpose or sells the story. There are some very good, honorable reporters and then there are the scumbags.

Take care and stay safe...

6:26 AM  
Blogger emma said...

Given that opium poppies bring in a lot more money than grapes and sunflower seeds, I'm not quiet sure why the guy on the left is looking so happy and the guy on the right is looking so miserable . . .

6:12 AM  
Blogger betsy said...

It is not against the Geneva Convention to burn decomposing bodies. Over at the Afghan Warrior, Waheed says that the Afghans are not upset about the burning of the bodies, they hate the Taliban; but they are upset because the soldiers "insulted" them .. don't know what that's about. Sorry, but I don't agree with these reporters who circulate stories and pictures that they know will inflame every PC idiot on earth. We're fighting a war here, and war is hell. We never would have gotten off the beaches in WWII with this kind of 24/7 MSM coverage.

10:06 AM  

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