Recently I did a post about 9/11 and the unfair amount of emphasis we put on it. Afterwards I discovered this post on Upworthy a very cool social change website that posts photos and videos to challenge the way we think about the world around us. This post about Afghanistan in the 1960’s blew me away. We are so brainwashed by the media and what our Government tells us that sometimes we forget that there are multiple sides to every story. What struck me the most was how normal everything looked. The scenes look how you imagine the sixties to have been. Quintessential sixties at its finest. It saddens me to know that troops from my country helped destroy what once was beautiful. This photography series serves as a good reminder of what we are capable of both for the greater and lesser good.
After posting this entry I found a similar piece about Iran before the revolution. Most of the photos are from the 1970’s and the cultural comparison is evident.
Iran in the 1970s before the Islamic Revolution:
Afghanistan In The 1960’s:
More photos by Bill Podlich and Clayton Esterson of Afghanistan: http://www.pbase.com/qleap/afghan_2