One of the first steps in the peace building process is to open up the channels of communication. This is what social media has been doing in Afghanistan, bridging the gap between NATO forces and the Taliban.
Following a 20-hour Taliban-led assault on a NATO base in Kabul, the two adversaries turned their battle into a war of words via – what else – Twitter!
While what the two parties specifically discussed won’t garner any Nobel Peace prizes, the simple act of communicating is still a positive thing. Just talking to someone can put a face on a formerly faceless foe. And anything that helps to re-humanize an enemy, even if only slightly, is another step towards resolving this conflict.
So keep venting on Twitter, guys. It’s far less costly than resorting to violence.