Friday, March 04, 2005

Music, commandos, news, DD and quote

This has been going around the unit lately. It seems the Germans are rubbing off on American troops with more than their beers. It is interesting that you can not go by the stereotypes of soldiers and presume that they listen to a certain type of music. Supertramp’s Breakfast in America is popular with many troops. It cuts across many racial and cultural boundaries, surprisingly. I even heard a rap version of one of their tunes. Some of the contemporary urban listeners like the Deftones. One of the Latin troops plays Beethoven on Deutsche Welle Radio during work hours. He says it is relaxing. Even contemporary Christian music, in all its forms, is listened to in this unit. The unit’s musical tastes are surprising and diverse like its members.

If you think military operations are just an EU (ISAF) and American effort, guess again:

March 4, 2005: Without much publicity at all, several Gulf States (Oman, Emirates, Bahrain, etc.) have sent some of their SOF (Special Operations Forces; commandoes) to Afghanistan to work with coalition forces. For several years, between 100-200 of these troops have been on duty there, quietly rotating contingents in and out. Al Qaeda and the Taliban know about it, as does the Afghan government. The Islamic radicals have not publicized this involvement, perhaps feeling that it would hurt them more, to publicize that Arab soldiers are fighting them, than to make a fuss about Arab soldiers fighting alongside infidels (non-Moslems.) Many of these Arab operators were trained by American and British commandoes and are considered very good. In their home countries, they are used to hunt down local terrorists, which is one reason you don’t find many Islamic terrorists in the Gulf States. The Arab commandoes know how to work the tribal and family angles to get information without violence. American Special Forces specialize in teaching this approach, which is considered a traditional method of dealing with violent radicals in Arab countries. The Arab commandoes are probably also used to interrogate Arab Islamic radicals captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Every month, a few more of these guys are picked up, and someone from their home country could get something out of them more quickly.


This one more reason Afghanistan is moving into the 21st century instead falling back into the 14th century via that horrible quagmire that was not sanctioned by the UN.
From Strategy page.

Afghan Daily is a pretty good new site with articles in Englsh for those who don't read dari.

This is one part of America that I miss. I hope DD does not go yuppie, I like the blue collar aspect of it. A large regular and Boston crème to go-oh man I miss part of America.

Quote: Is this sufficiently vague for you?

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