Many of the colonized people in the world share a belief: that when our colonizers leave, they intentionally leave behind a chaotic situation destined for more conflict, thereby ensuring post-colonial strife.
Whatever it is we're trying to do in Afghanistan, it isn't working. And in continuing to fight this conflict we are not only guaranteeing the continued destruction of that faraway land but our own country as well.
At around midnight on July 1, I was startled awake as the sound heavy gunfire ripped through the silence of Kabul's normally quiet Vazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. My housemates and I rushed out to see what had happened.