Saturday, September 17, 2005


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How and why to vote in Pashto and Dari

What have you done to advance democracy? Did you run for office? Did you vote? Pass out flyers for a cause or candidate? I am right now waiting for a mission and typing this little monograph while millions of Afghans are going to vote tomorrow. I and many soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen of the US military and coalition forces (CF) have helped create an environment for the Afghans elect their representatives for the Wolesi Jirga or Afghan Congress. For many of us, this is the highlight or main reason of our tour here. Many soldiers from the US and Afghan armies have died or have been wounded to ensure this election despite the actions of the Taliban and al Qeada. The elections will be held and life will go on or as one of the interpreters said “Allah wills it even if the Taliban are fools.” Then he said “Tashakure” or thank you in Pashto as he left last night to go home so he could vote tomorrow. That is what I and my brothers and sisters in arms are doing for democracy.

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Blogger GunnNutt said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know the tremendous work you've done and what it means to millions of people. Be proud of your achievements and stay safe!

5:29 PM  
Blogger membrain said...

I just wanted to offer my sincere thanks for what you and all members of the coalition forces are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also for sharing your thoughts with us. Godspeed.

6:48 PM  

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