[ssf] The Lost History of Helmand
adam at diamat.org.uk
Sat Oct 24 18:06:42 BST 2009
"When you look at footage of the fighting in Helmand today everyone
assumes it is being played out against an ancient background of
villages and fields built over the centuries.
This is not true. If you look beyond the soldiers, and into the
distance, what you are really seeing are the ruins of one of the
biggest technological projects the United States has ever undertaken.
Its aim was to use science to try and change the course of history and
produce a modern utopia in Afghanistan. The city of Lashkar Gah was
built by the Americans as a model planned city, and the hundreds of
miles of canals that the Taliban now hide in were constructed by the
same company that built the San Francisco Bay Bridge and Cape
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