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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Canada in Kandahar

Ii was just announced that the new governor of Kandahar province in Afghanistan is an Afghan Canadian academic, Dr. Tooryala Wesa. He grew up in Kandahar and he is a member of the same Pastun tribe as President Karsai. Before he moved to Canada he had been the first President of Kandahar University. He is an agricultural specialist and speaks all the local languages.

He appears to be a good choice for Afghanistan and Canada. It is in Kandahar the Canadian soldiers have been working to establish security so that reconstruction projects can get developed. They have done a good job, sometimes having to do some heavy fighting along with the Afghan Army. Canada has had 103 soldiers and one diplomat killed so far. (This is the highest percentage of losses by any Country in the NATO coalition supporting the Afghanistan government.)

Just north and east of Kandahar city is the Arghandab River Valley. This past year there has been a struggle to drive the insurgency out of this area and secure it for the government. it is a major agricultural area.

It is in this area that Canada is making a major contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. There is a $50 million dollar project to refurbish the Duhla Dam on the river. This dam is very inportant for the river valley which is an agricultural breadbasket for the country. With a refurbished dam and reconstruction of the irrigation system in the valley the agriculture will flourish. In this valley there is wheat, fruit, grapes, marijuna (that weed grows evrywhere). It has historically been a place for growing some of the best pomegranets in the World. It has the potential of being worthy of the name it has often been call, "Shangri-la".

Dr Wesa is ideally suited to help with the agricultural improvement in this area.

Part of the Arghandab River Valley

This is a typical rural family from this area. "We have met the enemy, and they are us." I am afraid the popular press leaves us with the impression that the Taliban mujahideen (holy warriors) are typical of the people who populate this area. No, most are just small farmers trying to make a living is an area often harsh but full of promise.

I find Afghanistan a fascinating place and I hope it works out a way to bring about peace and security for its people. It will be the Afghans that work this out not Western militaries. People, like Dr Wesa, offer more hope and promise for Afghanistan that all the militry might. If he can be affective and rise above the corruption and criminality which plagues the country, real progress can be made in this important area of Afghanistan.
I hope to write some more about Canada in Kandahar later. I will post some more pictures if possible.

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At 1:55 p.m., Blogger Rachel said...

Wow, that river valley is certainly beautiful!!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

At 2:14 p.m., Blogger possum said...

Good post - interesting... Few people take time to care.

At 2:40 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I always appreciate these informative posts.

At 8:57 p.m., Blogger amelia said...

I'm sorry I'm not responding to your post but I'm lucky I even am able to get to a computer. I'm in Toronto and our new baby was born 19th and I drove through the night and made it for the birth! I'll be back after Christmas and blog then.

At 8:59 a.m., Blogger judie said...

I'm just wishing you a happy Christmas, Philip. xoxoxoxo

At 11:51 a.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'm making the rounds to wish all of my blog friends a Merry Christmas!

At 1:49 p.m., Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

The photo you have on here really makes me mad. I really have a hard time with any people or religion that feels they must cover their women.


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