Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day 310

Mom – Day 310

We didn’t get an opportunity to speak to Zach – we were hoping to speak to him sometime this weekend. I do know that my sister did get in touch with him but we could never get through. At least I had an opportunity to speak to Zach this week; I just wish Dal had an opportunity to speak to Zach. I think time is moving for Zach because he is out working everyday. I know that he tends to loose the date and the day of the week.

So I am always curious about Afghanistan and I want to learn more about this country. I do often ask myself, should we be in Afghanistan, why are we there, what are our goals as a Western country, and can we achieve “success”? I don’t know the answers, and I am not sure what I would do if I were in a place of power and I had to make some of these decisions. One thing, I don’t think we hear enough about on the news is this major deterrent “for success” found throughout Afghanistan – can you guess what it is? It is worth 12 times the price of gold and Afghanistan produces ~93% of the world’s demand. It is the beautiful and deadly Papaver somniferum, the Poppy. The lists of obstacles to overcome in Afghanistan are long.

Zach, I love you – Be Safe

1 comment:

  1. i too have read the same re Afghanistan. So many are addicted to the narcotic affect of opium, it is destroying families there. But having a son deployed there is destroying me and when bad news is reported, Im releived if I find its not my son, but the horrors of the families who arent as lucky.
    Ive also already seen changes in my son from being over there as evidenced by some of his pics on fb. He would have never done that b4 and when I said something to him he says," Mom Im at war and thats how I feel" Im all for expressing yourself as I think its better than holding things in but this change is difficult and Im helpless at this time to do anythin.