Afghanistan 'boardwalk' to shut down KANDAHAR, Afghanistan By American standards, the boardwalk at Kandahar Airfield isn much to write home about.
There no roller coaster, mirror maze or carousel with unicorns. There no cotton candy to buy, no candied apples and no annoying mimes trying to get out of imaginary boxes. But this little square of Western culture in the Taliban heartland has served for years as a rare oasis for international forces embroiled in the ongoing Afghan war. The Kandahar boardwalk now has a Burger King, a Subway sandwich shop, three cafes, several general stores, a Cold Stone Creamery, Oakley sunglasses outlet, a hockey rink (thanks to the Canadians, of course), a basketball court, and a tiny stage where members of Bachman Turner Overdrive (the Canadian band that brought the world Care of Business and Ain Seen Nothing Yet recently performed on a cool southern Afghanistan evening. The most recent addition is a TGI Friday complete with the Americana kitsch, Rihanna videos playing on the flat screen behind the bar (which serves no alcohol), fried mozzarella sticks and a life size Yoda action figure with a light saber looking down gold oakley sunglasses on patrons from on high. intent, it seems, is to create a surreal slice of Western material comfort where inhabitants can momentarily forget that they are living in one oakley glasses on sale of the world most benighted countries, Julius Cavendish recently wrote oakley black friday deals sales in the Independent, a British newspaper. Well, now it time to say goodbye to all that. By the order of Army Gen. commander in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, is shutting down most of these reminders of home. is a war zone not an amusement park, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Hall recently wrote on the ISAF blog. The decision is likely to prove unpopular with ISAF forces working and living in southern Afghanistan. will say the decision to do away with these amenities is meant only to make things harder for deployed service members, but nothing could be farther from the truth, Hall wrote. these facilities will free up much needed storage facilities at both Bagram and Kandahar, space which is critical as 30,000 additional American and up to 7,000 international troops flow into Afghanistan over the next several months. all well oakley prescription and good, but where else will soldiers pick up their Hunting Club T shirts? Privately, some ISAF officials say the closure is as much about perception as logistics. Not all is lost, however. The new order exempts the Green Beans coffee house, AT phone stores, fitness centers, some Afghan run stalls and a few other essentials for ISAF forces.
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