Fly Your Kite

Hassan and I looked at each other. Cracked up. The Hindi kid would soon learn what the British learned earlier in the century, and what the Russians would eventually learn by the late 1980’s: that Afghans are an independent people. Afghans cherish customs but abhor rules. And so it was with kite fighting. The rules were simple: No rules. Fly your kite. Cut the opponents. Good luck.
–Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Army Staff Sgt. James Bates, a security force squad leader for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, pulls security as local residents watch during a mission to the director of information and culture’s office in Farah City, Farah province, Afghanistan, last Tuesday.