Monday, July 25, 2011

Time to End the War in Afghanistan

Ten years ago in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Rory Stewart, now a Conservative Party member of the British Parliament,  walked across Afghanistan.   That journey produced a book called The Places in Between.    Stewart spoke at this month's TEDGlobal2011, the annual global conference in Edinburgh, UK by the nonprofit, TED (Technology Entertainment Design) an organization dedicated to "spreading good ideas."  Stewart's TED talk was titled, "Time to End the War in Afghanistan."  He speaks boldly and compellingly.  This is certainly 20 minutes worthy of your time. 

For more on Stewart, you can check out his MP (member of Parliament) website here.  Interesting site; interesting guy --even if one doesn't necessarily agree with everything he has to say. 

With a nod to my incoming geography students, I've included below a map of Afghanistan, a map of the United Kingdom (see Edinburgh in Scotland) and a map of Southern Europe indicating Bosnia, which Stewart references prominently in his talk.

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