Thursday, March 24, 2011

Morality of War

OINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday after saying "the plan was to kill people" in a conspiracy with four fellow soldiers to kill unarmed Afghan civilians.

When I heard about the trial from a good friend of mine who is also a journalist, Laura Meyers and who also attended the trial, I wasn't surprised. I had read all about My Lai In Vietnam from door gunner, Larry Colburn who was on Hugh Thompson's helicopter who stopped the carnage.

What upsets me most is the comment from one of the soldiers is that they received conflicting orders from higher command on what to do and how to treat the Afghan civilians. This is appalling. These men were raised with values of what was right and wrong. Even with the conflict of going to war and killing the enemy, you do not kill civilians. I would cringe when I heard some Marines talk about the Afghans in derogatory ways. I found it offensive. Perhaps because of my many years of traveling the world I can understand the difference between cultures. 

It is frustrating to think that even with the progress we've made in Afghanistan there are people who are to ignorant to understand what is really at stake. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nowruz: Persian for New Light

I'm excited about going back to Afghanistan in a little less than a month. Although I haven't heard regarding my orders yet. I'm supposedly manifested on the flight in with the 3BCT 25th Division. That will be amazing.

I was reviewing some of my notes and I have 4 pages of names of troops I met. I plan to include every name in my book and wish I could include every story. I hope to hit the 2/3 and follow up with the Marines I was with. They should be packing up or have left the camp with the ANA and only a handful of Marines.

Today is the beginning of the New Year in Afghanistan, Nowruz. I wish the Afghanistan people well and hope they can be united for once in their history against the faction that wants to destroy them. It is going to be so interesting to see how the unrest of the Middle East effects  Afghanistan.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes

Check out Basetrack. Go to the map and then click on the name. Here is LCpl Kim.
One of the Journalists responsible for this is Monica Campbell. I met her in Leatherneck.
This is an amazing project.
Pass it on.