This is Mighty Mouse. He is one of our ANP, and the only ANP we have who has ever graduated from the actual Afghan Police Academy (still rocks the untied boots look though). Though small in stature, Mighty Mouse is a force to reckoned with on the battlefield. He always runs ahead of every patrol, refuses to be anywhere but the front, and actively seeks out conversation with the locals. He knows a bit of english too, and likes to joke around on base. I guess it was his turn to cook this night. Aside from just putting a wonderful patch of soot on the school we just rebuilt and painted, he also represents a new generation of Afghans that have some sense of nationalism. One thing I've found lacking is a sense of national pride. If you ask the direct question "are you proud to be Afghan", most will say yes. Yet, in more free conversations it becomes apparent that the Afghans, especially the elders, care almost exclusively about their tribe and village, and don't really care about their 'nation' as a whole.
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