Mourning an Ally

Mourning an Ally

U.S. Army Captain Michael Kelvington, commander of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, bows next to the remains of Gulam Dostager, a member of the Afghan Local Police, who was killed in an IED blast during a joint Tor Janda (Black Flag in Pashtu) operation, in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 25, 2012.
REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov


This Blog is Going to The Dogs

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Puppy Saved From Torture

Staff Sergeant Nick B. has served in the Army for 13 years. To some, he appears to be a tough, imposing figure. But to Bodhi, an Afghan herding dog saved from a life of torment, Nick is a kind, caring savior.

Nick was on patrol in Afghanistan when he found Bodhi tied up and covered in mud. His ears and half of his tail had been cut off.

“They were going to use him to fight other dogs as entertainment. You could just tell he hadn’t been fed properly. He was really skinny and malnourished. When I saw that, it just broke my heart. I knew I had to get this dog out of here,” Nick said.

Nick reached out to Puppy Rescue Mission for assistance, and together they coordinated Bodhi’s trip.  He was flown into Pensacola Saturday, and was visibly relieved to see the man who saved his life. Nick said the feeling was mutual.

“It’s so much better knowing I saved this dog from a life of eating scraps of trash and not knowing if he’s going to be shot,” Nick said. “I know his life will be so much better now. He’ll have a lot of land to run around on, a pool to play in, a loving family, and he’ll be fed properly and bathed. It’s an amazing feeling.”

As I keep saying, Fred you’re wrong about soldiers.

If the stupid embedded video doesn’t work, the link to the story has the video, itself.

Rules of Engagement

Afghan Women and Equal Rights

NATO tv video at link (Sorry about that, WordPress won’t let me embed it)

This would not be occurring if not for our forces fighting to destroy the Taliban regime. Women and children could hope for a future that did not include rape, sex trafficking, slavery, and opium trade. We’ve been actively involved in undermining the Taliban since 1994.  Although they first appeared to be a movement that intended to bring order and stability. The CIA (and our government) backed this organization, possibly hoping it would actually be a force for peace. Obviously, they backed the wrong horse.

In mid-2000 the Taliban split into 3 separate groups. One group became a sub army of Osama Bin Laden who began to pay the leaders of the Taliban and directly influenced the Taliban movement. This group has a Wahabi belief and is set to bring strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan. This group enforced the strict dress code while Taliban were in power, undermining women’s rights, disallowing music and film. Basically they imported Saudi Arabian culture into Afghanistan in the name of Islam.The Second group of Taliban are paid by Pakistan’s Intelligence agency (ISI). This group is made up Pakistani ISI agents, Pakistani army soldiers and Punjabi and Sindi militants dressed in Afghan clothing set to destroy Afghanistan national identity, it’s art and culture, and infrastructure so Afghanistan can be under the influence of Pakistan. This group is the one who destroyed the Bamian Buddhas, The Afghan TV archives, and cultural sites. This group is the force behind continuing the war between Taliban and US, because the benefactor would be the Pakistani Government via US Aid to Pakistan. Every time there are talks of peace between a mainstream Taliban leader and the Afghan government, The ISI Taliban perform an act of violence against the Afghan and US government to derail these talks. And every time these mainstream Taliban are immediately arrested or assassinated upon their announcements for peace. The August 8th 2011 shooting of the US Helicopter is the work of the Pakistani ISI backed Taliban group. Though the mainstream Taliban are afraid of voicing any opinions in fear that their location will be identified via computer use, GPS cell phones and more. The Pakistani ISI Backed Taliban freely claim any act of violence via tweeter, facebook, text messages deep within Pakistan and they are never identified or targeted.The third group is the actual Taliban (students of Islam) who see Jihad as a pillar of their religion and fight to preserve their faith and fight foreign invaders. They are indifferent to cultural beliefs, music, and dress codes. This group fought hard to keep the Bamian Buddhas from destruction. They are for women’s right to education, and are against the Wahabisim of Afghanistan and prefer the mainstream Cairo Islamic Schools. Judging from the cash flow of these three groups. The Pakistani ISI backed Taliban are indirectly funded by the US funds to Pakistan and in essence, the US is funding their own enemies, the Second strongest group is the Wahabi Taliban funded by the oil rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Third group (Islamic Students) are fighting for a cause rather than money.

So why am I bringing this up? Why am I re-visiting old history?

Because of this:

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