Child as the father to man

In the July 1st issue of the The Economist, an article on the continuing troubles in the Middle East, features Nawad Akbar Khan Burgti, a former Pakistani interior minister who is leading an uprising against the government in the western province of Baluchistan. In the middle of the story, the reporter notes that Burgti “claims to have killed his first man at the age of twelve.”

We adults live the present; our children live the future. What kind of lives will the children of the Middle East war zones live when they become adults? Will they bring a new generational cycle of violence? How will they not unless they learn something else while (if?) there is still time.

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