“The Son of God came to us, accompanied by the bright lights of the stars, closing in on Bethlehem,” Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif told NATO troops in Kandahar:
That little baby taught us during his life on earth that love is stronger than hate, respect more powerful than discrimination and hope superior to evil. That little baby also taught us that it is sometimes necessary to sacrifice in order to make this a better world.
2,000 years later, not much has changed. Although our society has developed and our world at first glance has a different outlook, evil is still here amongst us and will endanger our society if good men and women are not willing to take up the fight and make a stand. That is what we do here in Afghanistan. We fight hate, refuse to accept discrimination and battle evil by bringing our love, respect and hope to Afghanistan.
We pay the price by the sacrifices we make. Some of our comrades even sacrificed their lives. It is upon us to ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain and that we bring light in the hearts of the people of Afghanistan like Jesus did more than 2,000 years ago.
(Photo: wounded Dutch troops in Uruzgan in 2007; by me)