Besides the sights and sounds of different places, there are also the smells.
Now, for anyone who has lived on the wrong side of the tracks, gone Volksmarching in Germany, lived on or around farms or been in Preventive Medicine there are odors one just ignores. You know that they are just unpleasant. You understand why they are there and you ignore them.
Not so with certain groups of civilians or military. They are really, really upset at the idea of sewage treatment facilities. Especially ones that are within their sight or olfactory limits.
(the comment about Volksmarching was simple – all of the hikes seemed to go out of town, up and down a number of hills, then come back in through the industrial, water/sewage treatment area)
So it is with Kandahar. At the time that the aireation ponds were set up, the camp had not extended out in that direction. Now, with construction and expansion, there is this lovely circular pond in the middle of many of the life support areas (mostly contractors).
Yes, it smells. On some days more than others depending on the wind. The cold makes things better. When someone was whining today I just looked at them.
Think a minute, I said – you might find it annoying but it is harmless. It could be worse.
One of the inbound rockets could hit it, causing an explosion and fountaining of the contents for blocks……