Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Marja, Afghanistan: Visualizing The Surge

American marines kneeled behind a smokescreen used to mark a helicopter landing zone earlier this month in Marja, Afghanistan. Though Marja has an occupation force numbering more than one coalition soldier or policeman for every eight residents, unarmed Taliban agitators have been able to wage an underground campaign of subversion.

Eerie how much this photo reminds me of the colored smoke in Apocalypse Now, but it's crucial that we, here on this side of the pond, understand what our troops abroad are experiencing, and images like this can be very powerful.

Thanks to Alto for sending this over, and for being an editor extraordinaire.

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