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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Imposing Our Western Values on Afghanistan

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Arthur Chrenkoff demonstrates that the US is truly a force for evil.

And a board game aims to teach Afghan children about rebuilding their country:

With the spin of a wheel, one Afghan child might land up in an ambush by gunmen. Another could be taken to the safety of a health clinic or classroom.

These are all scenarios 10- to 14-year-olds must confront in the Road to Peace, a board game devised by the UN. About 10,000 copies are being distributed to war-affected children, former child soldiers and refugee families, said Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the UN assistance mission.

It comes in two languages, Dari and Pashto, and aims to teach children about the peace process and reconstruction of their country.

The foldable cardboard game is illustrated with a swirling path from one corner, the Past--with tanks, explosions and a Taliban-style execution--to another, the Future, with cheery family scenes, factories and a river.

Along the way, up to six players take turns spinning a wheel and moving their pieces.

If they land on a negative scenario, such as girls being turned away from school, they move backwards.

Landing on a positive square, such as the signing of the Bonn agreement in 2001, lets a player advance.

I mean, who are we to impose our own social construct of peace and happiness on these people? We should be accepting of the Afghan people's predilection for self-destruction and violence... And to impose our Western values about peace and prosperity through a children's boardgame just smacks of Hitlerian propaganda tactics...
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Read the whole WSJ Extra from Chrenkoff, as it has all of the good news you don't hear from our MSM, such as this story:
Approximately 50 Airmen recently volunteered to organize an entire container, 20 feet by 10 feet by 8 feet weighing nearly 63,000 pounds filled with donated supplies for a tertiary mission here-adopt a village.

Airman separated the supplies into groups broken down by male, female and adult and children's supplies that would be used in the next mission.

"No one comes close" was an Air Force slogan used to describe the capabilities and accomplishments of the United States Air Force. This slogan took on a whole new meaning when over 35 Airmen traveled to a village, several miles outside Bagram, to equip local Afghan children with supplies for their future.

"No one comes close" to the pride and patriotism exhibited by the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing men and women that bright sunny day when they pulled up to the village with the cloud of dust bellowing behind the sport utility vehicles.

Airman hand-delivered bags filled with basic school supplies to about 100 children from KHAROTI--a small village within Afghanistan's Parwan Province in the Kohe Safi Region near the east river range. 13.5 km [8.5 miles] southest [sic] of Bagram.

In addition, "each child received his or her own toy and bundle of school supplies," said 1st Lt. David Knight, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations officer.

"We also dropped off about tow pickup trucks full of large bags of men's, women's and children's clothing with the village elder. The toys and school supplies were donated by our troops here and their support system back home. The donated items never seem to stop coming!"

And I have to wholeheartedly agree with Chrenkoff's closing:
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, Afghanistan will be a peaceful and normal country, but when that happens, Afghan math students and their countrymen will deserve more credit than the Western media.

What I don't understand though is why we don't hear this information from government officials... or at least the establishment of a "Good News" website for Afghanistan & Iraq, eliminating the filter that the MSM puts on everything. I mean, it seems to me that if it doesn't involve Natalie Holloway or Valerie Plame, it isn't news to the MSM.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler