Monday, December 8, 2008

Report from Afghanistan

Michael Yon has the first in a new series of reports from Afghanistan, where he says, the war "is just beginning":

While Americans sleep tight in their beds, this time of year U.S. soldiers sit shivering through the frigid, crystal clear nights at remote outposts in places most of us have never heard of and will never see. Often they head out into the enveloping darkness, to hunt down and destroy terrorists, who continue to kill innocent Afghans, Americans, Aussies, Balinese, Brits, Indians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Spanish … in short, anyone who opposes their violent tyranny. Their greatest weapons are ignorance and terror. Witness the latest unprovoked attack on our friends in India.

These enemies have no wish to reconcile with their fellow countrymen, or compromise in any way that would diminish their control of the lives of the ordinary Afghans who don’t share their feral vision of life. They throw acid in the faces of little girls whose only crime is that they go to school. So we must continue to send our toughest men to confront them eye to eye, while performing the difficult balancing act of not alienating those who intend us no harm. This is particularly difficult in Afghanistan, a proud nation with a deep tradition of antipathy toward outsiders — even those who are here to help, though I am finding many Afghans clearly do not want us to leave.
We will get the clearest, sober, and realistic reports from independent journalists on the ground in Afghanistan.

Read the rest of the report,
here.

2 comments:

Obob said...

Michael Yon is one of the best journalists of the past decade. His reporting his honest, brutal and fearless. As always, I wish the MSM could get an ounce of his integrity.

Donald Douglas said...

I agree Obob!