No, really, you should read it because it is well written and covers an area that should be of interest and concern to you. Last week, it was a pleasure to meet Mayhill Fowler, a writer whom I respect even when I disagree with her on particular points or issues. She took the opportunity presented by the seminar and its speakers to come up with a good article on Afghanistan and a (the, even) key problem. Go, read her article and think on it a bit. I will add only one thing: Lt. Col. Mennes not only made the physical gestures, he stayed for the mourning, bought the goats (?) required for the funeral, and did the right things at the right time to make amends. That's leadership, for it turned a family/group/local population from enemies into friends.