posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 08:06 PM
Having been in Afghanistan on deployment, and being here for a considerable amount of time (10months nearly), as well as being located in the 2nd
hottest AO in the country, I have to say that you will often come across these things in the Afghan culture.
Sadly, I grieve for the girl, and it's ridiculous and uncalled for, but despite my grave dislike for more or less every afghan, truly this is what
the difference generally is between Taliban and non. The Taliban want to be in control, they want their women to wear burkkas they want to dictate
what happens, and if they can't, they attempt to use fear to get it.
They get increasingly hostile, because their tactics are failing. With our constant patrols to villages who have yet to ever see americans, we give
them a sense of security, and sooner or later, they began to not fear the Taliban anymore.
Spreading throughout the country, less and less women are being oppressed by their normal society, and believe it or not, the country IS changing, is
it changing fast? No, not really, and we'll still be here for a long while before we get out, and unfortunatly, the chance that they will revert once
we leave due to the incompetence of the ANA is likely.
But while we are here, we do everything in our power to assist the people in equality. Though in reality, according to the mass morale code of the
Afghan people (and muslims) in following Pasho-walli (spelling is probably horrible on that) it states that the primary roll of any man is first to
his family, no matter how, and no matter what, he is to provide for them, and he has therefor failed at his job.
It's sad, I agree, but it will continue to happen until the country will stand up for themselves, the Taliban, though they typically call them a
terrorist cell, You can Liken them more easily to Afghanistans Mafia. They work much in the same fashion, just with a bit more hostility.
Though as far as those who want to whine and complain, and hate on the war, look, that's all good and dandy, but unless you're over here, don't for
a second try and speak like you've got a justified right to really bash and whine about it. Having been deployed here, and being here, and
instructing the ANA, and reaching out to the people of Afghanistan - Like it or not, for whatever we came here, right or wrong, the status of the
'war' as it s now, is that we ARE doing good things for this country, even if you are to close minded to believe it.
The sad truth is this, The Media will never show the honest good, only the dishonest bad, so before you want to bash all over the war, consider those
who are on the ground, and actually fighting, and you will realize the people actually in the fight, we're not the ones complaining, and I apologize
that you're image of the war can easily be obscured by the mass media's techniques, but even if you want to hate on the war, at least support your
soldiers, to hate on your soldiers for doing their job is really only promoting your own ignorance.