This is really good and very thought-provoking--I saw it earlier today. I
hope that many, many people read this and consider....
It is so difficult when I hear people I know as friends say that we should
"turn Afghanistan into glass."
Years back when I worked at the multicultural elementary school, I watched
several young kindergarten boys at play at the beginning of the school year.
There were 5 of them, I think, and they were running and laughing, hand in
hand, across the playground. They were from the U.S., from Korea, from
Italy, from Saudi Arabia, and from Africa. While they lacked a common
language, they proved--by their play--that skin colors, language barriers,
and religious and political differences don't *have* to separate us. We
have to be taught to hate and to be intolerant.
Ansary's article, I hope, will help people gain understanding about the
plight of the Afghani people and help them realize that broad strikes
against this *country* will not necessarily stop the true leaders of this
And I've been just as disheartened this week by the words and implications
of OUR country's fundamentalistic extremists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat
There have been so many, many atrocities committed in the name of "God".
May the sane, sensible, just and loving aspects of *all* the world's belief
systems be present in the days and weeks ahead.