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June 8, 2010

The war roses of Kabul

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(Destroyed Kabul guest house on morning of February attack.)

More than two months ago, Afghan insurgents staged a complex assault on central Kabul that killed 16 people, most of then Indian nationals staying in a small guest house that was decimated by a massive car bomb.

There is little left of the low-profile guest house. A gray tarp hides the wreckage from the street, and a guard keeps watch over the ruins.

Amid the debris, spread across the once-tranquil courtyard, though, dozens of untended roses are now blooming.

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it is the spirit of the deceased, redrawn symmetry resting in peace

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