The Washington Post reports that the troops are leaving tons of refuse in their wake as they rush for the exits in Afghanistan – most of it is broken crap, intentionally broken so that the electronics can’t be used for bombs.. The Afghans seem to be upset that they can’t get serviceable big screen TVs to dress up their mud huts;
That policy has produced more scrap metal than Afghanistan has ever seen. It has also led to frustration among Afghans, who feel as if they’re being robbed of items like flat-panel televisions and armored vehicles that they could use or sell — no small thing in a country where the average annual income hovers at just over $500.
In a nation nicknamed the “graveyard of empires,” foreign forces are remembered for what they leave behind. In the 1840s, the British left forts that still stand today. In the 1980s, the Russians left tanks, trucks and aircraft strewn about the country. The United States is leaving heaps of mattresses, barbed wire and shipping containers in scrap yards near its shrinking bases.
“This is America’s dustbin,” said Sufi Khan, a trader standing in the middle of an immense scrap yard outside Bagram Airfield, the U.S. military’s sprawling headquarters for eastern Afghanistan.
Yeah, well, tough. If you want a big screen TV, ask Hamid Karzai if he won’t give you some of his retirement fund – that’s where your wealth went.
Some of the Afghans can’t wait for us to leave. Old Trooper sends a link from Reuters which tells of an Afghan special forces commander who looted his team after he sent them off on the town and then he defected to the local enemy fighters;
Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar’s capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first special forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organisation.
“He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee,” said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar.
Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, confirmed that Khan had joined the group, saying he had brought 15 guns and high-tech equipment.
So good riddance, Monsif, I hope you choke on your defection.
And to end this bit of good news, if you think our withdrawal from the region will bring a measure of peace to the area, some American Muslims on the Haj in Saudi Arabia were accosted by thugs when the thugs stumbled into their tent and discovered they were Americans and Shi’ites to boot;
During the attack, the men reportedly shouted “Our [holy pilgrimage] will be complete once we have killed you, ripped out your hearts and eaten them, and [then] raped your women.”
The Americans fled the tent area, which the Saudi government had specifically designated for American and European pilgrims. During the escape, many of the group, almost entirely U.S. citizens and mostly hailing from Dearborn, Michigan suffered bruises (in one case, due to an attempted strangulation), concussions, broken bones, and black eyes.
Victims of the attack reported that nearby police refused to take action, and in some cases were openly laughing at the attack. The Americans approached other officers, including one described as a “lieutenant with stars on his shoulder pads.” They reported the attack and showed police video footage of the attack taken on cell phones.
They just can’t help being savages even when their own are the only ones left to beat up on. I guess all we can do is make sure they have enough weapons and ammunition to wipe each other out.
Category: Terror War