7 October 2001

Beginning of quarter + head cold caught from disease vector son is making for a miserable second week of the quarter. But I couldn’t let this date go by without reflecting on the fact that a dozen years ago on this date, the US invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of saving women from the Taliban and thus — the world.

We knew that neither were true at the time, that it was more of that kind of Bush-era braggadocio (ridiculous if you encountered it over a water cooler or at meeting, but deadly in the hands of Bush and his henchmen). But I don’t think that even the most pessimistic of us could have predicted that a dozen years thence a whole generation of children would been born into and grown up with so much violence and so little hope.

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