Forces fighting in Afghanistan tried their best to adhere to a United Nations call for an international day of peace. For the most part, Afghan, US, Coalition and Taliban military held back on firing their weapons allowing the UN to say: “all stood down from offensive military operations in support of the biggest International Peace Day effort that Afghanistan has known.” There were two minor examples of violence by the Taliban that resulted in several deaths. The Taliban evidently sent emails to their forces urging them to stand down from violence during the day of peace.
Perhaps, there is something ironic in persuading those engaged in fighting to hold off for a day so no one can get killed. An optimist would argue if it can be done for a single day why not for a week or month or even year.