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12 November 2005

An interesting post on riots in France

I was reading the blog of a civilian working in Afghanistan for an NGO, which I often do because I am very interested in what is going on there still. She had a very interesting post on the riots in France and compared the youth there to the youth of Afghanistan. It is quite a good read.
Buzkachi vs. Riots

In a related thought, I am really quite amazed by some of what I read in these blogs by NGO workers in Afghanistan. It struck me that they spend ALOT of their down time drinking. While we in the Army are forbidden alcohol because it might offend our Islamic "hosts". So we can't drink there but the NGO workers can and do. Confusing a bit, but then, this is the Army we are talking about.


Blogger exMI said...

OOh, note of interest to me at least, that was my 100th post.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Babs said...

Mmm, I feel so sorry for the guys in the military. Those deprived of alcohol anyhow. FYI, some of the ISAF guys are by no means deprived. In fact I always find interesting those shopping for booze in reinforced vehicles.
As for sparing Muslim sensitivities, there is, I suppose, some relevance. This said, do you guys have any idea how many Afghans drink? Baltika 9 and vodka readily available under the counter in the northwest, same in the northeast and if I based myself on those working for us, not one who doesnt know how much whiskey there should be in your whiskey and coke. Very confusing really...

11:04 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

It is my understanding that the alcohol that does get comsumed by our military is smuggled in by our "Hosts". Or so I have been told by those who have consumed it. Although I have to question how badly you would want to drink anything that came out of a bottle that used to contain bug spray.

11:06 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

There is a fair amount of locally produced hooch that is purchased. More that is purchased from out allies (the brits, French, Germans, Poles, Italians, etc)who do not have our particular obbsesive stupidities.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alcohol ban isn't protecting the delicate sensibilities of our Muslim hosts. It's protecting the delicate sensibilities of certain Americans, who would be sure to complain endlessly about our own insensitivity were we to callously ignore the Islamic stricture against alcohol.

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Silly, I say. I've yet to meet an Afghani in America who didn't drink. Oh no! I said it. :p

3:20 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

There are a lot of Afghans who don't drink- not really the type to emigrate to America, though. There are also a lot who ask us to "smuggle" in vodka (it's not actually illegal for us foreigners) for them every time we come from the CIS.

I can see why soldiers aren't allowed to drink, though. They are like little ambassadors winning hearts and minds, whereas we are non-aligned and responsible only for saving lives. Our services are already valued, so we don't need to make any special allowances, whereas the soldiers are an occupying force trying to pretend they are not. Difficult position to be in.

7:24 PM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Happy 100th!

8:50 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Anonymous is very correct in his/her ascessment of why American soldiers can't drink. Politics suck.
Elizabeth is also correct, I met amny an Afghan who didn't drink. Of course I have met more Babtists who drink than Moslems who drink, so I don't worry about strict observance for alot of folks. E is also correct about the dual mission of ambasador/rebuilder vs occupier and warrior that the troops face. It is very difficult at times.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 15 05

Good discussions EXMI and congratulations! Since I am late to the post, I just wanna say that your honesty and analysis is needed here. It is so easy to get a skewed point of view (myself really included admittedly so!) and you examine things from different levels. Keep it up:)

4:08 PM  

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