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No flag raising in Kandahar

What flag to raise in Kandahar 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This recent photo
from Afghanistan accompanied a story about the lost cause that is becoming the US trying to impose a Western will upon Afghanistan. With pictures like this I’m convinced that plucky photo editors are able once in awhile to subvert the official message of their bosses.
 
Does the composition remind you of something? It sure looks like Iwo Jima to me! A handful of rugged American GIs atop a mound, ready to raise a flag. But these guys have no standard to raise, no legitimacy for which they claim the land. They appear to be looking out in all directions, perhaps for direction, stranded with a lot equipment, some sandbags, no flag, and no paddle.

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