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New US strategy an opportunity for Pakistan to review its old approach: Ghani
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the new strategy by the United States for the South Asia is yet another opportunity for Pakistan to review its old regional approach, specifically the country’s approach towards Afghanistan. The Afghan President made the remarks during his speech to the nation after the announcement of the strategy by President Read the full article...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:19:45 +0000

Nearly 50 dead, wounded as suicide attack rocks Lashkargah city in Helmand
Dozens of people were killed or wounded after a suicide attack rocked Lashkargah city the provincial capital of southern Helmand province earlier today. According to the local government officials, the incident took place near the provincial police commandment after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said Read the full article...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:15:59 +0000

Karzai says he strongly opposes the new strategy for Afghanistan
The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he strongly opposes the new strategy of the United States for Afghanistan and Central Asia. The former President in a statement said “I very strongly oppose the new U.S. strategy towards Afghanistan as it is against peace and the national interest of Afghanistan.” Karzai further added “The Read the full article...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:49:14 +0000

Grenade attack in Kabul city leaves at least 7 wounded
Three back to back explosions took place in the western parts of Kabul city late on Tuesday night with the preliminary reports suggesting at least seven people were wounded. Security sources are saying the incident took place in the vicinity close to Kote Sangi area after unknown individuals hurled hand grenades on a security post. Read the full article...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:47:07 +0000

Ambassador Llorens vows steps against the supporters of Taliban group
The Special Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul Ambassador Hugo Llorens has said the United States will take steps against the supporters of the Taliban group. In a statement released after the announcement of the US strategy for South Asia, Ambassador Llorens said “At the core of this commitment, we will continue to Read the full article...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:20:11 +0000


Pictures above, the Embassy of Afghanistan, Canberra, Australia, Nov 2012.
Prisoner of War released from Afghanistan. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0604.

We awoke today to video of the release in Afghanistan of a young man who had been held captive in Afghanistan for 5 years. For 5 years, the young man's father lived and breathed getting the young man home. He learned the language of his son's jailers, he learned all he could about Islam, he lobbied, he spoke. And every day he worked towards getting his son home. Because his son was alive.

Immediately I started hearing complaints, that the son had somehow deserved to be captured, that he was the cause of deaths of other Americans during the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the the father was a militant Islamist.

No to all. The father was a father doing what he could, and doing everything he could. The bright story in this week of tragedies: the new owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer was killed 3 days after buying out his partner for $44 million; the search for the Malaysian airplane that vanished 3 months ago has been searched for in the wrong spot; the search for the nearly 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped from Chibok 2 months ago has stalled. And now we have a beautiful story of a Calvinist who has done what it takes to get his son home.

All you people outside Chibok running out to rallies to wave flags saying "BringOurGirlsBack"; if you are serious about the girls, you will be learning Hausa and finding out how organized crime (the Boko Haram and the federal Government of Nigeria) has been encouraged to hold Nigerians hostage.

Follow the example of a Calvinist who loved his son more than anything in his life, and knew the only way to bring him home was to treat the captors with respect.

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Below, pictures taken by Os Cresson's father (or his camera, he is on the left in the bottom picture) during the family's 2 years in Afghanistan, 1941 to 1951.

Dr Os Cresson compiled letters home by his mother, an article she wrote for National Geographic and his father's photographs into the book "We Felt Their Kindliness" which Emerald Pademelon Press had the great privilege of publishing in March 2003. I don't have any copies to sell, and EPP services were donated. Os Cresson raised $30,000 from the book and fund-raisers and paid to build a school in Afghanistan; I understand men with weapons of war kicked out the girls, and then blew it up.

We Felt Their Kindliness
edited by Os Cresson

Paperback: 253 pages
Published by Emerald Pademelon Press March 1, 2003
ISBN-10 1929704046
ISBN-13: 978-1929704040