Monday, July 7, 2008

Just another global tragedy

Sometimes it takes moving across the world to make you think about what's going on in other places. I guess that's why we do it.

We all know about the conflict in Afghanistan. Few of us, myself included, pay much attention to it.

Yesterday there was a suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul. No one has taken responsibility for it yet. It targeted a couple Indian diplomats, who have been the main subject of the news here, but also killed almost 40 civilian Afghans, most of whom were there waiting for Indian visas.

My counterpart for this job will arrive in August. He is Afghan. He just got back from spending some time at home, and we just got word from him yesterday that he's arrived in Tehran. He was probably at the Indian embassy in Kabul within the last couple weeks.

It never ceases to amaze me how little things that go on around the world matter until we have a personal connection to them. But what can we do? The burden of all the world's miseries is too much to bear on a daily basis.

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