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A Message from Afgahnistan
A Message from Afgahnistan
This is the text of a letter, written by a young woman in the
National Guard and currently stationed in Afgahnistan. She got in the
National Guard as a way to pay for college to become a doctor. Now she's
a lab/medical technician in the Army. Her parents and friends are very
proud of her.
Lately I have been receiving some questions from people on military
presence etc. I would like to show you those questions along with my
answers. I know that by no means am I the most articulate person, nor do
I have extensive political, religious, or military knowledge. All I can
take my answers from is my heart and what I do see and do know.
A. How about the accusations that our troops are abusing, in whatever
form, the enemy captured? We are supposed to set an example for the
entire world. If our soldiers are resorting to Husseinesque techniques to
handle prisoners, it can only lead to a poor conclusion.
Can we say that Germans are bad because of the Naziís, or that Afghanistanís people are bad because of the Al Queda? No. Are all Catholics bad
because of the choices of a few bad men? You canít ever judge an entire
group, belief, or race off of a smaller group or individualís actions.
What I believe this statement is referenced too, is a particular event or
group of interrogators. Iím sure there are people who have used their
power in the military as MPís or Intelligence in the wrong way, but the
ignorance in this statement nauseates me. We do not sodomize, rape,
pillage, spit on, drag around, murder, molest, demean, and torture our
prisoners by any means "Husseinesque". Every prisoner I have ever seen, and
I see them everyday, has shelter, cloths, three square meals,
interpreters, theyíre even being taught about Jesus. Sure they are
interrogated, handcuffed, and Iím sure yelled at, called names and hit;
but there is no way our "techniques" can or should ever be compared to
B. Do you truly believe that America is doing the right thing by being
I donít know what the long term political, economical, social, etc effects
will be on this country. What I do know is that I canít look into the
eyes of these children everyday who have 80% of their bodies burned
because they were being disciplined, Talk to 14 and 15 year old boys who
have never seen the town 8 miles down the road from them, who donít know
any education outside of which landmines are which, Watch these old men
cry their eyes out and beg us to help for the sake of future generations
and not think for a second that weíre not doing the right thing by being
here. We can only try our best to help. These people (the uneducated
ones) no nothing more than how to smoke their dope, grow their opium, and
buy more weapons. Should we not want to help them?
Above all this, I donít believe what so ever that Iím here because the
military sent me here. Thatís such a narrow-minded view. Iím here
because this is where God sent me. Iím here because this is where Iím
supposed to be at this point in my life. I obviously have a reason for
being here out side of luck of the draw. Maybe even multiple reasons for
being here. People constantly question my excitement in being here. Iíve
had people write me asking me if Iím lying about wanting to be here and if
Iím depressed and miss home etc. Of course I miss home and of course this
sucks and its not all peachy 24/7. But this is one year of my life.
Knowing the women in my family Iíll probly live to 100. So one year, is
it really that much of a sacrifice? A lot of people live 100 times worse
than how I'm living this year only they live it their entire lives. I
believe itís selfish to moan and complain and wish I were back home. Iíve
been given a wonderful opportunity to grow and to learn and to make a
difference. Hopefully Iíll do the best job that I can.