LL talks about Jolly Rancher candy, which brought to mind a memory.
The US Army in Afghanistan gave the troops Jolly Rancher hard candies for them to give to civilian children (hearts and minds).
When my son was in Kandahar, I sent him a “CARE” package with items to make his life easier. Along with camper items, I included a wrist rocket. As a teener, he had one and was the terror of our neighborhood.
His buddies found a new use for the wrist rocket. As they traveled in convoys, the local urchins would stand by the roads and throw rocks at them. The gunner in my son’s truck would distribute Jolly Rancher candies to the urchins using the wrist rocket.
When he came home, he left the wrist rocket behind. Perhaps it is still being used to win hearts and minds.\
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