Caucasians who work in Afghanistan say P…
Caucasians who work in Afghanistan say Phillip Smucker of the Asia Times is getting a little hyperbolic about the threat to white people there, where there is risk but many do work outside bases. Same goes for the Taliban, who Smucker says are “swarming in the valleys, hills and mountains of Pashtunistan this summer.”
Here’s a choice bit of Smucker:
First, the “bad guys”, along with Osama bin Laden’s trusted corps of advisors, are swarming in the valleys, hills and mountains of Pashtunistan this summer. A risk-averse, air-power-friendly US military has effectively surrendered the countryside over the past three years along the porous border. Calling this a “stalemate” is to smear lipstick on a pig.
If you doubt that, and you are a Caucasian, you might try taking a stroll outside the three-meter, sand-filled walls of any American base in eastern or southern Afghanistan. You’ll be abducted by armed men and whisked off to Pakistan in no time.
Yes, true, but there are a LOT of Caucasians spending a lot of time outside any HESCO barriers—even in places like Khost, Nangarhar, Kunar, and Kandahar. There is risk, to be sure, but that is just a ridiculous exaggeration. Smucker mis-serves his readers by being so Sebastian Junger about it.