Friday, September 17, 2004
A brief update on the mission we accomplished before accomplishing our subsequent mission in Iraq:
President Hamid Karzai had to abort a rare campaign rally on Thursday in Gardez, southeast of the capital, when a rocket was fired over his helicopter as it came in to land.Meanwhile, the Afghan economy is rallying strongly. Unfortunately, one-third of the Afghan economy is based on the heroin trade.
The helicopter, an American Chinook, swerved violently and soared away back to Kabul, swirling dust over hundreds of schoolchildren, tribal elders and government dignitaries lined up to greet the president.
The rocket, or rocket-propelled grenade, whistled over their heads and landed with a loud bang 300 yards away. The Afghans barely blinked, so accustomed are they to explosives, and many believed the governor when he announced over the public address system that the explosion was celebratory.