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Kites of hope

Editing the daily wirephotos from Afghanistan usually involves an unending parade of images of war, barren landscapes and poverty. I was struck by the beauty of this image.

Lt. Joseph R. Holstead, USN, blogged about what he saw the previous evening in Kabul:

As I stood on the roof of the Ministry of Interior headquarters last evening in Kabul, waiting to make the trip across town to an Afghan National Security Forces and Independent Election Commission (IEC) joint press conference on the historic Parliamentary elections, my colleagues and I were struck by seeing the more than three dozen kites flying around all areas of the city.
Whether or not one has read the book, Kite Runner, it was one of those moments: the citizens of Kabul had voted and the kites, like hope, were soaring.