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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Afghanistan Independence Day 2008, celebrating independence with displays of military might

it's 7:30 a.m. here and i'm listening to the band practicing and final preparations being made for afghanistan independence day over at the big reviewing area in front of the main mosque a few blocks from here... at 9, things kick off and i plan to be out on the balcony getting some video clips of the fly-overs...

it's a mystery to me why countries insist on celebrating independence and freedom with displays of their capacity for death and destruction...

but that's just me...

i think the large sums of money spent on those tools of war and the fuel it takes to fly or drive them around for half a day would be better spent offering come-one, come-all picnic buffets in every major city around the country, or something more warm and inclusive like the feeling inspired by the giant billboard that greets arrivals at kabul international airport (see below)...

"Welcome to Afghanistan"
Large billboard that greets arrivals
at Kabul International Airport

but that's just me...

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