Saturday, May 19, 2007

Eye of the Beholder

Instapundit links a very interesting blog tonite. Its a blog by a contractor who has been involved in trying to develop civil institutions in both Iraq and Afganistan. He draws some very interesting contrasts. He does not have very nice things to say about Arab people. In short, he reminds us that you can bring a horse to water, by you can not make him drink. This same moral is of course the essential message in Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It. People who live in violent squalor do so as a matter of choice. Although difficult, and demanding of perseverance, it is possible to build civil society from any circumstance. This post would suggest that the Afgans may have chosen to rise above.

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