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But there are other reasons why this could have happened. For one thing, the level of drug-taking within the Afghan police is incredibly high – it's thought that around 80% have an active heroin addiction – and it's possible that the gunman was simply high on drugs. That happens all over Helmand.
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy I admire the Afghan people for standing up to the US and other countries and protecting their culture. Most of the tribes and people just want to be left alone.
What I find disgusting is that the west and Americans and others view the Taliban as archaic, barbaric, savages. We look down on their culture in utter disgust for the so called evilness that it represents. But did Native Americans treat women or each other any better? Did the Mayans? The Aztecs or countless cultures across the span of the last 1000 years? I mean come on. If Americans witnessed half of the atrocities Aztec and Mayan civilizations perpetuated against their own people and enemies they'd throw up. Yet we admire their culture hundreds of years later. What's the difference between human sacrifice and cutting off someone's head for sharia law?
Originally posted by CX
This is a tragic incident to happen. My thoughts go out to the lads colleagues and families.
Two of these were from my old unit, and the other three a unit i worked with for a long time. You couldn't wish for a more professional bunch.
Reports on the news say they are unsure if this is just a one off an example of the feeling of the Afghan police towards the British army there.
What a horrendous job, not only dealing with the crap outside the base, but also not knowing whether or not the supposedly friendly Afghan you've trained will turn on you or not.
I guess it was not unexpected that this could happen, but it's still more deaths that will add fuel to the fire with the anti-war crowd.
Sad thing is, the Brits (and the other coallition troops) will be back doing the same job today without question. Rightly so, because they are like that, but i will be raising an extra glass tonight for the lads that died today.
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[edit on 4/11/09 by CX]