"An unbalanced focus on weapons alone is often counterproductive, creating a nationalist backlash against foreign "invaders." Over all, education has a rather better record than military power in neutralizing foreign extremism….
Aid groups show that it is quite possible to run schools so long as there is respectful consultation with tribal elders and buy-in from them… [Greg] Mortenson lamented to me that for the cost of just 246 soldiers posted for one year, America could pay for a higher education plan for all Afghanistan. That would help build an Afghan economy, civil society and future — all for one-quarter of 1 percent of our military spending in Afghanistan this year.
The latest uproar over Pakistani hand-holding with the Afghan Taliban underscores that billions of dollars in U.S. military aid just doesn’t buy the loyalty it used to. In contrast, education can actually transform a nation. That’s one reason Bangladesh is calmer than Pakistan, Oman is less threatening than Yemen.”
-NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof
This is what my future husband will look like. Say hello to Mrs. Kortajarena
After traversing a sheer vertical climb (the last peg of a five mile hike), Alex and I finally tackled Buckskin Pass and enjoyed the truly spectacular views at the very peak of the mountain (pictured above). We slid down the snow and continued to tumble down the five mile return to Maroon Lake. With sore knees and feet, we collapsed into the car and returned home. Later on in the evening we were rewarded with delicious tapas and a spanking new episode of True Blood.
Today we’re taking it easy — sleeping in and heading into town to stroll — although, another (easy) hike may still be in the cards.
More after the jump.