First Iraq and Now Zad
Read what US Marines are doing so that we don’t have to. Here’s a teaser:
NOW ZAD, Afghanistan
In a war over hearts and minds, Now Zad has neither.
Abandoned by its residents, this mud-brick ghost town is a corner of Afghanistan that might be forever Flanders. There are no schools being painted, no roads paved, no clinics built. There is no Afghan army, no Afghan government at all. In Now Zad, there is just one company of U.S. Marines slugging it out across no man’s land with equally determined militants. From their entrenched lines, neither side is strong enough to prevail.
The Marines here now, Lima Co. of 3rd Battalion, 8th Regiment, number fewer than 300 men and are currently training their replacements. Being a sideshow to the main effort has meant a daily routine of dangerous patrols through a no man’s land littered with land mines, all the while accepting the fact that at best they’ll go home next month with a tie.
If your are searching for genuine heroes in these crazy times look no further than to the men of Lima Co and those like them.