KABUL- As one walks the streets of this ancient and haunting city, imbibing its culture and recalling its history, one can easily recognize why it has suffered all of it's life with a condition that can only be described as "perpetual dysfunction." But it is not a condition of its own making. It is a condition that has resulted from hundreds of years of being a geographical ping pong ball, slammed back and forth between the world powers of the moment. From the time of Alexander and Napoleon, in it's early history, up through the 19th and 20th centuries when Britain and Russia seemed to spend every other weekend invading some part of the territory, the same lesson has been repeatedly taught and repeatedly forgotten: No matter the investment in time and blood and money, Afghanistan is not only unconquerable, but she is also incurable.
Afghanistan is only well when she is least sick, and that is when she is left alone.
As an international disaster relief volunteer, I have traveled the world to aid countries that have suffered from the devastation of natures wrath. I came to Afghanistan to see what a "man made" disaster looks like and to judge the difference for myself. There is only one..."Man made" disasters are exponentially worse.Click here to read full story.