Saturday, October 17, 2009

The unwinnable and avoidable war

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

“We’re lost — that’s how I feel. I’m not exactly sure why we’re here,” said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose closest friend was shot dead by a renegade Afghan policeman last Friday. “I need a clear-cut purpose if I’m going to get hurt out here or if I’m going to die.”

Sergeant Christopher Hughes, 37, from Detroit, has lost six colleagues and survived two roadside bombs. Asked if the mission was worthwhile, he replied: “If I knew exactly what the mission was, probably so, but I don’t.”

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rostam said...

How about the Pakistani n the afghan? They suffer more because of their invasion. This war mongering country will never stop because the are too pervert to embrace peace. Their leader don't care about the soldier, they just love human suffering

Poison Ivy said...

u r correct dr rostam.of course the muslims are the ones who suffer point is they themselves cannot justify a reason why they are doing that.