Mom – Day 277
On February 10th, Charlie Wilson died. He was the US Congressman that helped find funding for the Afghans that were trying to fight the Soviets in the 1980’s (remember this was the time of the Cold War). The Soviets finally did pull out of Afghanistan only to give rise to the genesis of the Taliban. The sad part is that we probably trained a lot of these Afghans that were fighting the Soviets and are now fighting us. Some hail Charlie Wilson a hero, some hail him a fool. There is a great movie about Charlie Wilson that came out a few years ago.
Speaking of the Taliban, Operation Moshtarak is underway. This is taking place in the Southern part of the country, in the Helmand provice in the town of Marjah. This area where the Taliban is strong, is supposedly responsible for being the center of assembling roadside bombs and of course the opium poppies. Mary commented to me that she wondered how this offensive would affect our boys. I don’t know, other than they are always busy with missions as it is.
I love you Zach – Be Safe