In a work-related search on an entirely unrelated subject, I came across this photo essay from Foreign Policy magazine by Mohammad Qayoumi, the President of Cal State University East Bay. He grew up in Kabul in the ’50s and ’60s, and bought a photobook about the country published by Afghanistan’s planning ministry. Qayoumi wrote the article, published May 27, 2010, and includes many pictures and descriptive text contrasting the country as he knew it with what it has become.

Qayoumi was interviewed recently on NPR. I think this provides excellent background reading to contribute to our informed discussion about our current efforts in Afghanistan. I didn’t know the history — although I was growing up in Ohio in those same ’50s and ’60s, Afghanistan wasn’t on my radar at all in those days.

Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan.