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News Outlook September 02, 2021 5 By Brad Jones and Matt Koch “When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what re- mains, jest roll to your rifle . and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.” English poet and journalist Rudyard Kipling wrote these words more than a century ago after his own experiences with the brutality of Afghanistan. Today, I wish I could ask my dad how he felt watch— ing Saigon fall in 1975. We \ imagine that it must’ve been something like we are feeling now as Afghani- stan war veterans. We find ourselves stuck some- where between we (Ameri— cans) needed out and sickened by the outcomes that are already occurring. The Taliban have never done anything peacefully. Executions, rape, forced marriages, and exile await anyone who stands in their way. After reading numerous books, studying the cul- ture, and being deployed there, we still cannot say we understand Afghani- stan. Can any American? It feels like a lifetime ago when we landed there one cold morning in Janu- ary 2004 as Infantry Offi- cers with 6th Marines Air Ground Task Force. It was our job to know the country. So how does one “know” Afghanistan? In the early days of 2004, you started with the Russians, ~ Afghanistan ors of the region, including Alexander the Great; you study Shahr e Gholghola (the city of screams) who fell to Ghengis Khan in 1221. What do they all have in common? They are gone and the Afghanis are still there. The Soviets entered and left a wretched 9 1/2 years later. Critics referred to it as the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. The harsh moun- tain environment proved to be too much for the Red Army. Much like the Brit- ish who saw 16,000 troops destroyed with only one survivor making it to Ja- lalabad in the 18405. The Afghanis have what we do not Time. It is of no consequence to them whether they wait us out for one year or twenty years. Let’s be clear, not every citizen of Afghani- stan believes or follows Sharia Law. We would argue that most do not want it, but isn’t the old- est law around the one that says those who has the power make the laws. We could’ve held and sup- ported the proud people of Afghanistan, but instead we have abandoned them in their moment of need. That will never be forgot— ten. The people didn’t need 20,000 troops to hold the line. What they needed was the hope and prom- ise that America had their back. It’s much easier to fight and stand tall when you know that air support is a call away. How can an Afghani commander stand and fight when the Talib J I” I a Your Post & Steel Frame Construction Specia n Small retail store with cordless Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm; Sat tools and hardware! Pole Barns 0 Garages 0 Horse Barns - Metal Roofs - Concrete Flatwork callrorarnimuote get-8118458408 5756 Wallingford Rd., Flemingsburg, KY www.mountainviewmetal.com 8am-12pm; Closed Sun. 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We pray for the families of 2312 Arnericans who gave their lives on the fields of Afghanistan; They car- ried out their mission and did it well. We think about the children of Af- ghanistan and memories come flooding back. We remember the children we shared MREs with or gave crayons to. We think about children living in mud-bricked houses nes- tled into a mountain near Asadabad. As dusk set into the Kunar Valley, children would emerge from their homes, wade through the poppies, and stand at the edge of our base. There, they waited, dirty faces staring eagerly at us over the concertina wire that lay beyond the walls. What did they want? Candy. Hard candy. We watched them approach from the roof of a nearby building. And, oneby—one, we tossed candy over the wire and laughed as they chased it. Something so simple to us as candy brought them tremendous joy. Where are 606-845-501 0 www.chuckmarshall.com CHUCK MARSHALL AUCTION 8. REAL ESTATE 00., NC. 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