I saw Greg Mortenson speak at a Fall for the Book Festival-sponsored event last night. I am really glad I took Evan along because Mr. Mortenson gave a really good picture of what is going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Evan has not read the book.) I learned some interesting things, too. Apparently, U.S. military commanders and troops deploying to Afghanistan are required to read Three Cups of Tea! How neat is that? General Petraeus has read it and knows that military intervention is not the solution. The enemy is ignorance and the best way to combat it is by educating and empowering.
I still cannot believe that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize over Greg Mortenson. Mr. Mortenson has done more good than any single man I can think of in the world today. President Obama has a lot of work to do if he is going to justify that win. He could start by doing something, anything. And perhaps, he could sign that Land Mine Treaty so more kids do not have to get blown up.
In other news, I have taken a little break from reading. I returned Molokai after about 150 pages. I was not interested in where the story was going, nor did I care. I started The Master and Margarita but I will not be able to get into it until later because I have two books waiting to be picked up at the library. I also have two other books that I need to finish by the next time book club meets on Oct. 21. I hope I can get it all done.