Our Journey to Smile


From Afghanistan, we plead with the American public and the world‎

I plead

See how 3 Afghan kids deal with enemies and grudges in From Afghanistan, we plead with the American public and the world. ( 53 seconds )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vtHQ412eEQ

As a human being witnessing the current Afghan and international strategy, together with Afghan friends in Afghanistan, I search for hope that we humans will always have room for a less limited creativity.

So, we plead with the American public and the world.

Please do not solely give a chance to the approach of our fellow human beings from the US military leadership.

Please also give a chance to the alternative approaches of our fellow human beings from the ordinary, civilian world.

In a global crisis of truth and kindness clouded by desperate voices and extreme violence, please give a chance to test another hypothesis and strategy : that an approach which is primarily non-violent and humanitarian can work, to alleviate our shared distrust and fears.

Yes, we can…

Simply, humanly, if we can make friends and not more enemies, we will not lose.

History, reality and sometimes, polls, reveal that our human hearts sense the fogginess of war, that fighting with one another neither lessens our distrust or fears, nor guides us to be truer or kinder. Its fatal human price doesn’t make our world any safer.

We fight, fight and fight……fellow humans die, die and die…..it’s time we win in different and more humane ways.

Civilization has already had sufficient centuries of patience with war strategies. The Obama war strategy in Afghanistan is not new and our patience with it will be patience with an ancient-old, tribal instinct of partisan triumph and revenge for our names, killing in our names. It is an instinct Afghans namelessly understand.

If, for life, we don’t re-define victory, we need to do so at least for death, because whereas life may repeat itself, death cannot.

I’m neither American or Afghan, and like the Afghan children in the real-life video, I’m neither Republican or Democrat, left or right.

I am human.

And, grieving in the current Afghan and international tragedy, together with Afghan friends in Afghanistan, I search for hope that we humans will always have room for a less complicated love.

So, we plead with the American public and the world.

Hakim,

On behalf of Our Journey to Smile, Afghanistan

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