Saturday, October 15, 2005

Favor, NATO, virgins and store

I am going to do the media a favor. They can cut and paste the following for a headline: We are winning in Afghanistan. The BLUF or Bottom Line Up Front: Two successful elections and no real opposition to the election. That’s right – no suicide bombers at the polling or voting stations. Yes there was violence, but not enough to scare Afghans from voting. The elections have been certified by the UN and other NGOs as being fair and conducted according to international standards. How do I know this? Unlike the majority of the media, I am here in Afghanistan. I see this place everyday. I run on it roads. I have delivered donated clothes, books and toys to Afghan children. I talk and drink chia with village elders, and play with their children. I have seen the progress for the last six months. This might piss off those who hate the US Army and or America, but Afghanistan is making a slow climb out of the dark ages of the Russian occupation who tried to impose their version of compassionate socialism and vicious Taliban/al Qaeda rule. Women ran for office and voted; for a very Islamic country that is progressive. Even the Kuchis voted. On the ladder of life, the Kutchis or nomads are looked down upon by many Afghans and will be represented in the new parliament. Food is being grown in record crop levels and refugees are returning en mass. Will any of the whiners on the left say anything good about the US Army for helping Afghanistan? That is our mission here: to help the Afghans after years of hell and establish democracy. Do you support us and our mission?

This pretty well confirms everything. When I talk to the Dutch, British and Canadians and ask them: will your country go crazy and pull out if your country suffers casualties? Most of the soldiers just mumble or smile.

A Saudi’s look at the 72 virgin part of being a suicide bomber. Every Afghan I have ever talked to calls suicide bombers Arab pussies who do not fight like a man.

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A store in Kandahar.

8 Comments:

Blogger kateykakes said...

Thank you for letting everyone know what is REALLY going on over there. The liberal media only looks to sell stories, and we all know that destruction and devastation sell much better than anything happy or good.

Most of all, thank you for being there to keep America free. You and all those in every branch of the military are appreciated more than you know.

Be safe.

Katey

9:11 PM  
Blogger Half-Pint said...

"merging NATO's peacekeeping mission with the American combat operation would fundamentally change NATO's role in Afghanistan and 'would make the situation for our soldiers doubly dangerous and worsen the current climate in Afghanistan.'"
I just love that part. So it's okay for American men and women to be in dangerous situations but no one else! What a load of horse crap!
Thank you so much for doing what you are doing. I'm a bit of a liberal, more moderate than anything, but even I can say that most of today's media is in bad shape.
Take care, be safe, be alert.
I pray all the time for those in the military. God bless you!!1

I would like to post a link to your blog because I want people I know to be able to read what you have to say. If you'd rather not I understand and it is okay.
Thank you so much-bless your heart- know that you are appreciated.
halfpint

8:14 AM  
Blogger GunnNutt said...

We need to hear from you. The only reason I know what's really going on is from looking for milblogs like yours. Thanks for everything you're doing!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Nice to see that NATO suffers from what I call the "U.N. peacekeeping syndrome." I really find it hard to believe that NATO earns any brownie-points with anyone because they are "just" a peacekeeping force, as opposed to a combat force. The U.N. thought this approach would work in Somalia, in Rwanda, and in the Balkans, and in each place the peacekeepers just ended up being outgunned when the shit hit the fan. To "them" (Aidid's militia, the Hutus, the Serbs, or in this case, Taliban/al-Q), it doesn't really matter whether you are a "peacekeeping" force or if you are actually there to fight. To "them," you are just a western intervention force.

Any other approach is simply shooting yourself in the foot.

4:47 AM  
Blogger Chevy Rose said...

Yes, thank you for your efforts and in the end the other part of the world (the left side) will have to admit 'this is a good thing America did'. At least that's my prayer.
I send care boxes to several soldiers in Afhganistan and stuff for the children. I think the people there are learning their children do have a better future under democracy and freedom.
Stay safe and 'be vigilant'. God bless.

5:43 AM  
Blogger emma said...

Given that things are going so well, when do you think American troops will be able to leave Afghanistan? When he was still ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said he thought it would take 10 years for Afghanistan to become fully stabilised - do you agree with that projection? Do you think American troops will need to be in Afghanistan for the next 10 years?

6:57 AM  
Blogger Big Mach said...

I think that NATO can be discounted as a force to be reckoned with. When it had a common foe, the USSR, its members saw eye to eye. Now the foe is no longer discernible to the Liberal-Left over here in Europe. Of our so-called European allies, General Sir Peter de la Billiere, Commander of British land forces during the first Gulf War recently said that most of the European fighting forces were little better than school cadet forces.(We have such in Britain). He said he would only wish to fight alongside Dutch Marines, French paras and the French Foreign Legion. That excludes an awful lot of NATO.
When the chips are down, the only forces worth a candle are the Brits, the Aussies and the Americans.
May the Lord bless you and keep you

8:40 PM  
Blogger Soldierswife...Canada said...

I take a offensive to BigMacs comments.. Our Canadian boys and Girls are over there fighting as well. We are loosing them as well. My husband is part of the kandahar mission. So we stand up as WELL. My prays are with all soldiers from every country. God Bless you and come home safe

12:27 AM  

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