Before I went to Afghanistan, I read a history of the country. I can’t remember the name of the book, or its author, only what struck me at the time: Afghans have fairly consistently been at war with each other or with outside forces for the last 1,000 years. The periods of peace were few and far between, mere gasps for air before the country was plunged into war again.
Today I saw this:
President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that Afghanistan and the United States are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, even as insurgents stormed a police station near the presidential palace, killing nine people.
Read more here.
And the beat goes on. When we leave, they’ll be at each others throats again.
I feel sorry for the Afghan people – I met many amazing men and women there. But I’m afriad, ultimately, the Afghans are the only ones who can break the pattern their culture has been repeating for centuries. We can’t impose that sort of change.