One path to peace is in the message and who delivers it.
That idea sank in for 1st Lt. Carter Langston, a Rock Hill native stationed in Afghanistan, when he learned that an American pastor and about 30 spectators had burned a Quran in Florida.
In a country where anti-American sentiment already runs high, a few angry leaders in Afghanistan urged people to avenge the insult. The result was the deaths of at least a dozen people including several United Nations workers, according to American media reports.
Langston was stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, deployed with the 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a public affairs officer for the Regional Command – East Communications Center. His objective was to work with Afghan reporters, informing them of news and giving them access to local leaders and military sources.
Misinformation was a pervasive enemy.