Most Afghans don’t know why we’re here nor would they believe the better future the international community wishes to bring to Morhdorh incarnate, conditioned to believe their Imam’s messages about the Crusader occupier.
As the recent rains have ceased and the sand storms have yet to appear, the mountain ranges flanking KAF bring the Tolkien reference alive. But for the Afghans, there is no ring to rule them all, only Islam, and peculiar cultural habits which exploit children sexually, allow rampant homosexuality and pedophilia, and keep their women uneducated and in perpetual bondage. And of course, there is freedom of religion, but only if you follow Islam. (…)
Everything I have done on this Roto has been with the belief that I’ve done my part to keep the lads and lasses in the FOBs alive and supplied with everything including an air ride home. Every piece of equipment and personnel given a ride in our choppers has been one less opportunity for the Jihadists to kill them with a cowardly IED. (…)
And in spite of the wasted efforts of the international community within this wretched land, one only has to spend a few minutes watching the documentary 102 Minutes That Changed America to remind oneself of why we ended up here, and how far we’ve strayed from the response which is still necessary against the true believers of Islam who will stop at nothing to engulf the planet with their ideology.
I’ve loaded my iPod with David Bowie, Albert Kuvezin, The Eels, LCD Soundsystem and Steve Reich for the flights home. I leave the adventure behind and embrace my future away from the smells and sounds of Afghanistan to spend the coming months and years in Dar al-Harb.
The West’s fight against the Islamic foe is not over. Not by a long shot.