April 29th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Reminders of a hell for 1,000 men

This place was a cannery, for many years pumping out thousands and thousands of cans of fruit every day. But for one year, during Taliban control of Kandahar, it was something very different. This cavernous, and now eerie storage area became a prison, hell for a 1,000 men.  

Through it all, Popeye was here – he came when he was 13 to work in the cannery, and that was 45 years ago.  Popeye’s not his real name of course — the Canadian soldiers nicknamed him for his work ethic. He still fears the Taliban to the point where he doesn’t want his face shown, but wanted to show us what the prisoners left behind — drawings that paint a vivid picture of their misery.

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    If the Taliban had any sense, they would stop fighting & start building an arms stockpile. They should allow the US to claim victory & then leave the country. After we are gone, they could take out their arms & reconquer their country.

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    People who have read this post please forward my tenet's to as many people as possible. Translate it to all languages and let us change this world with the power of an idea. My tenet's do not stop anyone from believing in anything else that they want to believe in but I believe that a powerful idea on its own can create a life force of its own. In the very beginning before even god or the big bang there was nothingness. Somehow an idea randomly occurred and all was created. No matter the mechanism of this creation an idea is the most powerful form of creation. Without ideas we have non existence we have zero realization of existence. The abundance of ideas the constant flow of old and new ideas, their debate and the rise to the top of the best most sustainable ideas is what will drive not only man foward but all of existence.

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