Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Posted by: Mebz
…to bring you a Rory Stewart themed post. Please pardon the delay in JK related infotainment. John King blogging will resume later in the week. But for now, sit back and enjoy one of Scotland’s gifts to humanity; along with kilts, Scotch and Billy Connolly: Rory Stewart.
I am not going to go into an explanation of who he is simply because I could not come close to doing his life justice. However, the following links are articles that will give you a good primer.
Moving on now to a few articles written by Rory Stewart:
How to Save Afghanistan– this one caused a stir.
And now the YouTube offerings:
Charlie Rose Tomorrow
This was a MWNGIYV (Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video) a few months ago.
Inside Story- Rebuilding Kabul pt.1 & pt. 2
Authors @ Google
His books can be found here at Amazon. Both of my copies of The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes are worn, stained and dog-eared. They are well worth the money and should be required reading for anyone trying to understand our attempts (and failures) at state-building.
Why have I taken the time to put this together? I’ll tell you, it’s because when I hear Rory speak about the issues the world faces today, I am comforted by the knowledge that there are in fact smart people out there working very hard to fix our problems and make the world just a little bit better. Mr. Stewart’s honest and frank assessment of our abilities and limitations is a welcomed voice on the world stage. For those of you who are already Rory Stewart fans, I’m sure this is all old stuff to you, but if you are new, by all means check him out. And after reading this, if you are thinking that his story would make a good movie- you would be right.
Alright, this is turning into far too long a post and I haven’t even said anything about Turquoise Mountain or Harvard or the fact that he’s only 35- ahh! There is simply too much Rory-awesomeness to fit into one post. Sorry, if it wasn’t overtly funny, either. I will try better next time. And I promise more JK fun soon. Later.