An innocent civilian was on the way to his brother’s wedding when he was mistakenly shot dead because he failed to slow down at some check-point. Coalition forces controlling the area or those working for them thought he was a talib…
This happens nearly ALL the time. While i dont agree with it at all, Afghans know the consequences of following too closely. They shoot at you if you follow too closely. But they tell you on the news, they tell you in ads on TV and in newspapers, they have pictorial signs on the back of tanks, on bulletin boards, translated Dari, Pashto and English. Soldiers motioning for you, warning you to slow down but ppl just don’t seem to learn! They still drive in close proximity to the convoy or they zig-zag, trying to pass through the convoys, reckless driving. obviously the troops feel like it’s a suicide bomber about to detonate. I’ve seen how these ppl drive.
Let’s ignore that they are ‘American’ and ‘evil’ for a second.
I see it happen all the time, a convoy of tanks are passing through the road, they’re trying to get by as fast as they can. They motion for other cars to slow down, they have their weapon, ready to fire.
One time, we were driving and my driver and i saw a car accident. So his attention was diverted towards the scene. All of a sudden we heard someone yell out ‘OYYYYYYYY” it was the Italian convoy, passing by. our car was about to hit them. The driver slammed the brakes. The convoy passed on as normal.
I agree and sympathise with the Afghans that this is our land and we should have the right to do whatever we want. But let’s face it, these coalition forces are here. You want to play stupid by outrunning them, you WILL get shot. Having said that, i believe the forces can come up with an alternative.
Despite them being ‘American invaders’, Afghans need to learn to follow the law.
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