Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, October 06, 2002

Winning hearts and minds. All of the people who wail about the evils done by America to Afghanistan sleep comfortable in their homes at night go on TV or write in newspapers and find themselves very witty. Meanwhile our armed forces are out doing things like this.

It's been three months since Willie, a 20-year-old paratrooper from Baton Rouge, La., got here from his home base in North Carolina. He admits he had no idea where Afghanistan was before Sept. 11, 2001. Today's mission is to provide humanitarian aid to a village six miles south of the base, and Willie - a military policeman - will help the medical team. The soldiers will conduct medical exams, distribute blankets, toothbrushes and other supplies, and test the village's pumps to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Even on a more personal level our troops make life better for the Afghans.

The Americans also give butterscotch candy, pens and toothbrushes to the children. Willie demonstrates how to use a toothbrush, and youngsters imitate his strokes.

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