I've never understood why we, ISAF - whatever, don't just simply buy up, outbid - hoover up the opium [we need it in the West, for medical purposes] ie, the bloody Taliban's 'income' - yeah I know they have money from alternative sources
, notably nicking off the ISAF supply routes, baksheesh and funnelling 'funds' from Karzai's Kleptocracy.
But then there's always this
............[forlorn] hope springs eternal?!
HELMAND, Afghanistan (August 20, 2011)- More than 85 children from around Sangin attended the Sangin Youth Outreach Shura held by Female Engagement Teams assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Jackson, Aug. 17.
“It is important to work with the youth of Sangin because just like the kids in the U.S., they want to grow up to be something,” said Sgt. Juanita Towns, the FET 13 team leader. “So it is just best that we try to start them off on the right path at a young age vice letting them join the (insurgency) now.”
When on patrol with the battalion’s infantry squads the team members spread the word about the youth shuras and have recently had Afghan Uniformed Police officers help them in their endeavor to reach out to the children of Sangin.
"Sangin Youth Outreach Surah"................Lordy Moses.