What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.
Yesterday's "rebels" are today's newer, younger generation of legitimate political and business leadership who will continue to transform the country from a post-conflict society to an active player in the global economy.
I have expressed increased concerns about our continued "involvement" in Afghanistan. I have mourned our casualties and fretted about our huge financial costs. But -- perhaps insensitively so -- I have not mentioned much about the suffering of the Afghan people.