February 20, 2003

Garden Of Babur

John Weidner of Random Jottings has a lovely post on Afghanis rebuilding the garden surrounding the Tomb of Babur, which was destroyed by the Taliban.

The once-splendid garden,surrounding the Tomb of Babur, was formerly a place were the people of Kabul loved to walk. There were large pools for swimming, and shade from many trees. The garden was destroyed by the Taliban, and by their battles with warlords. The trees were all cut down, and gardeners who tried to keep the flowers alive were thrown into prison. (Life imitates Saruman!)

Now the garden is slowly being restored. Some have questioned whether resources should be spent on this while many Afghans are still homeless. Others consider this a symbol of Afghanistan, and a national treasure that must be preserved. I'm with them, just looking at the picture makes me want to stroll there, even though it is tattered and dusty. Life without gardens is hardly life at all. I'm proud that our country is contributing to this. And I'm keenly proud that my country and our allies led in the liberation of Afghanistan.

There's more to his post here, along with a photo of the garden.

Posted by Ithildin at February 20, 2003 6:11 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Thanks for putting this on your blog. I read the Smithsonian article on Afghanistan and was truly amazed at how tough and determined these people are; They will rebuild they're country come hell or high water. The article also gives a real insight into how Afhans feel about us and what our armed forces are doing to help them rebuild, and who they're real heroes are. Recommended reading for everyone out there.

Posted by: Bill Myers at February 21, 2003 8:53 AM

I find all sorts of wonderful posts over on Random Jottings, this being but the latest :)

Posted by: Ith at February 21, 2003 5:24 PM