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March 08, 2010

Name: CPT Mark Martin
Posting date: 3/8/10
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Hometown: New Hope, MN
Milblog: 270 Days in Afghanistan 

Framed Martin newspaper one

I recently came across an Afghan paper, published by Hamid Karzai's government, which encourages people to stand up and take responsibility for their communities. This cartoon, which should be read from right to left in the Afghan reading style, depicts a good neighbor informing the police about a bad guy planting an Improvised Explosive Device.

The bottom line is this: Hearts and minds of the local populace in any given neighborhood is the key. If we can convince the Afghan people that we are here to help, not hinder, through our actions and our deeds, then maybe we can convince them to help us drive the bad guys out of their neighborhoods so that they can pursue their lives in peace. Nice thought....

Framed Martin newspaper two


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i like this part of the post:" This is GWOT-lit's forward position, offering those in-country a chance to share their experiences and reflections with the rest of us. " is very good

When implementing process or information system changes, slow and steady doesn't necessarily win the race. You have the need for speed.

Interesting post. I like the cartoons.

Great post. Thank you.

Very cool cartoons.

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