Check out NPR’s All Things Considered reporter in this interesting article comparing Afghanistan and Iraq. I always wonder how different the capital cities are. Obvi the countries look different to the media (incl. embedded media) than to soldiers (thank goodness; I’ve long since satisfied my lifetime quota of soldier/statistics/war media). I’ll definitely be following Graham Smith for his five weeks there.
Kabul airport is nothing like Baghdad. In fact, there’s not much about this place that reminds me of Iraq — aside from the Kalashnikovs everywhere. But things aren’t nearly so militarized, and in general it just seems much more mellow.
Where Baghdad International with its tragic Icarus statue is a hardened military base, this was more like a post-soviet Manchester. Plus a bunch of guys hustling to help with the bags. Sure, there were UN helicopters and a bunch of aged Russian gunships around, but not an American soldier in sight.
How wild and appropriate, that an Icarus statue now marks the cradle of civilization.