Way back in 2001, with the U.S. on the verge of trashing his country of origin, San Franciscan Tamim Ansary wrote a poignant email that somehow went viral all over the net. He asked stunned and grieving folks in his adopted country to get a little perspective.
He was right of course and now Washington is once again trying to figure out what to do about Afghanistan.
Tamim Ansary spoke today to the assembled members of the nonviolent vigil for peace that has continued every Thursday noon outside the Philip Burton Federal Building ever since 2001. I was too busy taking photos to listen much, but fortunately Ansary published his current views on what should be done on CNN's site so I can share some of them here.
Ansary fears a bloodbath; he doesn't want a mindless withdrawal. Like all the people of the vigil, he just knows that peace is the only answer.
Folks lined up boots representing the servicepeople from California who have died in the Afghanistan war. How much longer will that line up get?