Monday, May 22, 2006

Dying in Afghanistan

Apparently, unbeknownst to the most of us, the southern part of Afghanistan is due to be handed over to NATO sometime in July (which serves to explain why in recent weeks 10-50 people are being killed there daily. Or not.). What a shame it is indeed that there exist no actual peacekeepers in the world because the so-called ones, just like soldiers in a war, go to foreign lands and instead of strengthening communities and bringing stability, they end up intimidating people in their own neighborhoods, creating further divisions and instilling hatred. They are, in essence, hostile invaders rather than kindly visitors. Just think if all this energy and funding were spent to send people to foreign lands to meet new people, to learn about their way of life and to nurture an environment of appreciation and respect. Obviously, governance and the military have very little to do with thinking, let alone with bringing peace.